According to the US Department of Defense, which has increased the number of evacuations to 111,000 since the Taliban took over the capital on August 15, around 5,400 people are waiting at Kabul airport to be evacuated from Afghanistan.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stressed at a press conference this Friday that the United States will continue to “remove evacuees until the last minute,” assuming the flights will be by the 31st troops.
As of that date, the North American authorities promise to be “more prudent” given the existing and emerging security risks regarding the information they comment on the troops that may continue to be involved in operations in the Asian country, available Thursday with an attack that the IS offshoot claims.
In fact, Washington is not ruling out further attacks in Afghanistan, alleging “concrete, credible threats” and repeating a fear that was made public on Wednesday with a warning urging citizens to move around the airport.
US President Joe Biden promised on Thursday that the terrorists would “pay” for their actions. Approximately 100 people, including 13 US military personnel, lost their lives in what has been considered the deadliest attack against US forces in a decade.
Kirby has stressed that the United States has sufficient capacity to carry out “any type” of operation against Islamic State, despite insisting that a delay in the withdrawal period should not be considered, as Biden has done for the past two weeks has exposed.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff’s deputy chief of operations, William Taylor, has warned that the attack showed “firsthand” how “dangerous” it is to operate a mission with 5,000 US soldiers still deployed to protect the airfield to guarantee in principle.
On the details of Thursday’s events, the Pentagon is now leaning towards the theory that there was only one explosion, not two, although two attacks were initially reported: one at Abbey Gate, which gives access to the airfield, and another in a nearby hotel.
“We don’t think there will be a second explosion in or near the Barón Hotel,” said Taylor, who has opted for “a single suicide bomber” instead.