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Afghanistan: US warns of terrorist threat at Kabul airport

National Security of the President of the United States admitted that threat “is real and persistent”.

The US President’s National Security Advisor admitted this Sunday that the threat of a terrorist attack perpetrated by Daesh at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, “is real and persistent.”

In an interview with CNN, quoted by Efe, Jake Sullivan said that preventing a terrorist attack at Kabul airport “is a top priority for US troops.”

“Our commanders in the field have at their disposal several options, which are being used, to defend the airport from a potential terrorist attack. We are working hard to isolate and determine where an attack could arise”, stressed the advisor to Joe Biden’s Homeland Security.

Thousands of people have gathered at the entrance to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport to board one of the planes and leave the country.

On Saturday, the US embassy in Kabul sent a message to its citizens advising them to avoid going to the airport unless contacted by a US official.

However, the Pentagon announced this Sunday that it had ordered the emergency use of 18 commercial aircraft from the United States of America (USA) for the transport of Afghans evacuated from Kabul.

At issue are three aircraft from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, and Omni Air, two from Hawaiian Airlines and four from United Airlines.

Also today, seven Afghan civilians were crushed to death in the crowd near the international airport in Kabul, amidst the chaos of those trying to escape the takeover of power by the Taliban, revealed British military forces.

The airport has been the meeting point for thousands of people trying to flee the Taliban, who invaded Kabul a week ago after a lightning advance in the takeover of the country.

The United States has evacuated about 17,000 people from the country since the rescue operation began on Aug. 14, including 2,500 US citizens, General Hank Taylor, deputy director of logistics for the US Armed Forces General Staff, said Saturday.

In the last 24 hours, around 3,800 people were transported on 38 flights.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN AFGHANISTAN?
The Taliban conquered Kabul on August 15, culminating in an offensive that began in May, when the withdrawal of US military forces and NATO began.

International forces have been in the country since 2001, as part of the offensive led by the United States against the extremist regime (1996-2001), which welcomed in its territory the leader of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, mainly responsible for the terrorist attacks of 11 of September 2001.

The seizure of the capital ends a 20-year foreign military presence in Afghanistan by the United States and its NATO allies, including Portugal.

Fonte: with agencies

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