- The threat of an ISIS-K attack on Kabul International Airport
- US soldiers making ‘alternate way’ to reach airport
- US defense official expressed strong possibility of terrorist attack
US forces returning from Afghanistan are making an ‘alternative route’ to Kabul airport due to the threat of terrorist group ISIS-K. US President Joe Biden held a meeting with senior officials on Saturday to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism operations against the Islamic State branch.
threat to diplomat
A US defense official told CNN that there is a strong possibility that ISIS-K may be trying to attack the airport. A senior diplomat in Kabul said he was aware of the Islamic State threat against the Americans at Hamid Karzai International Airport. However, this threat is not ‘immediate’. Two US defense officials briefed the military about efforts to create an “alternate route” for people to reach Kabul airport and its gate.
Taliban aware of military efforts
One official said these new routes would be available to Americans, foreign nationals and educated Afghans. A US defense official said the Taliban was aware of military efforts to make way. Another official said the Pentagon was monitoring the situation around the airport. ISIS-K can target a growing crowd at the airport and use work bombs or suicide bombers. The official also termed the mortar attack as a potential threat.
remove as many people as possible
“We have a full list of security concerns,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a press conference on Saturday. He described the military’s efforts to evacuate people safely as the army’s “fight against both time and space”. Kirby said the intention is to get as many people out as we can as soon as possible. This is our focus and in trying to fulfill this mission, we are taking full knowledge of the security environment.