Afghanistan: threats of attack remain high on Kabul airport on the eve of the US withdrawal

The airport was again targeted Monday by rocket fire claimed by the Islamic State group.

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The terrorist threat remains very high, according to the Pentagon, against Kabul airport on Monday, August 30, on the eve of the final withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after twenty years of presence there.

President Joe Biden has set Tuesday as the deadline to withdraw the remaining US forces from Afghanistan. They had entered in 2001 to oust the Taliban from power, because of their refusal to hand over the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, after the attacks of September 11.

Two decades later, the Taliban took advantage of the gradual US withdrawal in recent months and the collapse of Afghan security forces to enter Kabul on August 15 and regain power, after a lightning military offensive not anticipated by Washington.

The tension around the last phase of the evacuation operations Western nationals and Afghans at risk of retaliation from the Taliban has been at its height since the attack on Thursday near the airport. Claimed by the Islamic State in Khorasan (EI-K), it has killed more than a hundred, including 13 American soldiers.

“We are at a particularly dangerous time, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby warned. The threats are still real, current and often specific. “

On Monday, IS-K claimed to have fired six rockets at the airport, which did not affect evacuation operations, which continued. “without interruption”, according to the White House. A Taliban official at the scene said the rockets were stopped by the airport’s missile defense system.

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