ISIS threat in Afghanistan ‘real’ and ‘persistent’, says Biden national security adviser
President Joe Biden’s national security adviser has warned that Islamic State is a threat to the United States as the military continues to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
Jake Sullivan on Sunday described the threat of an ISIS attack in Afghanistan as “real”, “acute” and “persistent”.
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“This is something that we are focusing on with all the tools in our arsenal,” he explained in an interview on CNN. “Our ground commanders have a wide variety of capabilities that they use to defend the airfield against a potential terrorist attack. We are working hard with our intelligence community to try to isolate and determine where an attack could be coming from. “
“This is something that we put the top priority on shutting down or disrupting, and we’ll do whatever we can while we’re on the ground to prevent that from happening, but we absolutely take it seriously. seriously, ”Sullivan said. added.
The threat of an attack by ISIS was believed to have prompted an alert from the US embassy in Kabul about “potential security threats” outside the city’s airport gates on Saturday.
“We advise US citizens to avoid going to the airport and avoiding the airport gates at this time, unless you receive individual instructions from a US government official to do so.” , wrote the US Embassy in Afghanistan.
ISIS affiliate ISIS Khorasan, the Afghanistan branch, often tries to recruit Taliban defectors to join its ranks.
“There is a strong possibility that ISIS is trying to carry out an attack at the airport,” a US defense official told CNN, while NBC News correspondent Courtney Kube said: “He This is a specific threat that ISIS, ISIS, may try to target the Americans.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby declined to comment on “specific details of the threatening environment” in Kabul during a briefing on Saturday, noting only that “the situation in Kabul … across the city is fluid and dynamic, and you have seen the footage over the last 24 to 48 hours yourself of the situation outside the perimeter of the airport. “
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“We are also closely monitoring any potential terrorist threat at or around the airport, including from ISIS affiliates in Afghanistan who were released from prison when the prisons were emptied. understand, that ISIS in Afghanistan is the – have been the arch enemy of the Taliban, ”Joe Biden said in his remarks to the nation on Friday.
The United States has evacuated about 30,000 people since the end of July, including about 25,100 since August 14, a White House official said on Sunday. The government was able to evacuate 3,900 people from 3 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday on 23 military flights, while 35 coalition planes were able to evacuate roughly the same number over the same period.
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