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US President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he was informed by US military chiefs that an attack was highly likely within the next 24 to 36 hours at Kabul airport.
Joe Biden warned on Saturday August 28 that an attack was “very likely” on Kabul airport “within 24 to 36 hours”, while claiming that the US strike that killed two members of the Islamic State group did not would not be “the last”.
“The situation on the scene remains extremely dangerous and the threat of a terrorist attack on the airport remains high,” the US president wrote in a statement after meeting with his military and security advisers. “Our commanders informed me that an attack was very likely within 24 to 36 hours.”
An attack on Thursday near Kabul airport killed more than 100 people, including 13 American soldiers.
This attack, claimed by the organization Islamic State in Khorasan (EI-K), triggered a retaliatory strike by the US military.
Two “important targets” of IS killed
Two “important targets” of the EI-K group, “organizers” and “operators”, were killed, and another injured in a drone strike carried out by the United States in Afghanistan, announced Saturday the Pentagon.
Washington did not reveal their names.
“I said we would hunt down the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we did,” Joe Biden said in his statement.
“This strike was not the last. We will continue to track down any individual involved in this heinous attack and make them pay,” he added.
I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have. My full statement on the strike that US forces took last night against the terrorist group ISIS-K in Afghanistan: https://t.co/hOb6xQ4ZZv
– President Biden (@POTUS) August 28, 2021
The Pentagon released the identity of the 13 soldiers killed in Thursday’s attack on Saturday afternoon. Of these, five were 20 years old, the length of the United States’ longest war, launched in 2001 in Afghanistan.
“Their courage and altruism have so far allowed more than 117,000 people in danger to find themselves in safety”, leaving Afghanistan since the end of July, greeted Joe Biden.
Their remains were on their way to the United States on Saturday, according to the Pentagon, which did not specify when they would arrive.