A security threat at Kabul airport this week has sparked multiple warnings.
수요일에, 미국. Embassy in Afghanistan warned people at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate or the airport to leave immediately, amid evacuation efforts. Following on Thursday, British and Australian governments issued similar warnings out of threats of an of an attack by the Islamic State (IS) militants.
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“Because of security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so,” the embassy said in the security alert.
A State Department spokesperson told NPR 저것 “this is a dynamic and volatile security situation,” and they are prioritizing safety at this point.
“We’re operating in a hostile environment in a city and country now controlled by the Taliban, with the very real possibility of an ISIS-K attack,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told press Wednesday afternoon, calling the effort “very high-risk.”
In a similar warning, Britain’s armed forces minister, James Heappey, said knowledge of a possible suicide bomber at the airport was “much firmer” and people should keep away from the area, 로이터 보고.
“I can’t stress the desperation of the situation enough,” Heappey told BBC radio. “The threat is credible, it is imminent, it is lethal. We wouldn’t be saying this if we weren’t genuinely concerned about offering Islamic State a target that is just unimaginable.”
Warnings of threats at the Kabul airport have also come from the Netherlands, 벨기에, and Australia.
Ahmedullah Rafiqzai, a civil aviation official at the airport, said people continue to crowd around the gates of the airport despite the attack warnings. “People don’t want to move, it’s their determination to leave this country that they are not scared to even die,” 그 told Reuters.
As of Wednesday the U.S. 가졌다 evacuated or helped evacuate 이상 82,000 people from Afghanistan since the fall of the country’s government and the Taliban takeover earlier this month, a White House spokesman said.
The updated numbers, shared Wednesday morning, show that approximately 19,000 people were able to get out of Kabul in the previous 24 시간, with flights departing every 39 minutes with the vast majority being Afghans. Vulnerable Afghans are being temporarily housed at three military installations in the United States, 릴리스에 따라: Fort McCoy; Fort Lee, 여자 이름; and Fort Bliss, 텍사스.
바이든 대통령, who has faced heavy criticism for how the evacuation operation has unfolded, told ABC News last week that officials will “do everything in our power to get all Americans out and our allies out,” 첨가, “Americans should understand that we’re going to try to get it done before Aug. 31. If we don’t, we’ll determine at the time who’s left.”