White House : Another terror attack likely in Kabul
More than 170 people were killed and at least 200 were wounded in the suicide attack on Thursday, an official with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health said, in addition to the 13 US service members who were also killed.
The national security team of President Joe Biden on Friday told him that another terror attack is “likely” in Kabul and that the next few days of this mission will be the “most dangerous” period to date, according to a White House official. This was shared with the President when he met in the Situation Room with his national security team, including top commanders and diplomats in the field.
US forces helping to evacuate people desperate to flee Taliban rule were already on alert for more attacks throughout Friday after an IS-K strike killed around 100 people outside Kabul airport. US and allied forces are racing to complete evacuations of their citizens and vulnerable Afghans and to withdraw from Afghanistan by an August 31 deadline set by President Joe Biden.
The Pentagon announced Friday that additional military bases in the US Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Fort Pickett, Virginia, and Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico will be used to help support evacuation operations from Afghanistan.US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Friday there were about 500 American citizens that the department is working with to evacuate from Afghanistan. Price said officials are “communicating directly” with these citizens to facilitate departures.