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Afghanistan: Alarm over possible new terrorist attack

The United States warned of a “specific and credible” threat near Kabul airport yesterday, urging its citizens to leave the area, two days after the attack that left more than 100 people dead at the same site.

“Because of a specific and credible threat, all U.S. nationals in the area around Kabul Airport (…) should leave as soon as possible,” the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a warning message.

The threat specifically concerns “the South Gate, the new Interior Ministry gate and the gate near the Pansir gas station northwest of the airport,” the statement added.

Earlier in the day, President Joe Biden warned that a new attack on Kabul airport was “very likely” in the next few hours as the situation on the ground remained “extremely dangerous”.

The constant threat of bombings has disrupted operations in recent days to drive Americans out of the country through the airport, forcing the Americans to work more closely with the Taliban, who now control the country, in a bid to avert another bloody attack.

A White House official said about 2,000 people fled Afghanistan on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Greek time) on US military and allied flights.

US forces are in the final stages of evacuating from Kabul

A little more than 1,000 civilians remain to be airlifted from Kabul airport as US forces enter the final evacuation phase, a Western airport security official told Reuters today.

The official, who asked not to be named, said the number of people at the airport gates had dropped following a warning that another jihadist attack was possible.

The Taliban are looking forward to a quick delivery to Kabul airport

The Taliban in power in Afghanistan and the outgoing US forces are looking forward to a quick delivery of the airport in Kabul, a Taliban official told Reuters today.

“We are waiting for the last nod of the Americans to ensure full control of Kabul airport,” the official said anonymously.

He said the Taliban militants who took control of the capital on August 15, after a slight offensive against the Western-backed government, had a team of technical experts, as well as highly qualified engineers, who were ready. to take control of the airport.

Source: politis.com.cy

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