The risk of new attacks on Kabul airport is extremely high in the next 24-36 hours, U.S. President Joe Biden said on August 28.
He also noted that Washington would not limit itself to a single strike against terrorists in Afghanistan.
“The situation on the ground remains extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high. Our command has informed me that an attack is very likely in the next 24 to 36 hours,” the White House press office reports the U.S. leader as saying.
The head of state said in a written statement that Saturday morning he and his national security team discussed a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province the day before that killed two high-ranking militants of the radical IS movement .
“I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our military and innocent civilians in Kabul on August 26, and we did. This strike was not the last one. We will continue to hunt down everyone involved in this heinous attack and make them pay. We will respond whenever anyone tries to harm the United States or attack our military,” Biden said.
According to the U.S. leader, he has ordered military leaders to take whatever steps they can to protect U.S. troops now in Afghanistan.
“They have assured me that they can take those measures while completing the core mission of evacuating Afghanistan, safely withdrawing our soldiers from the country,” Biden said.
He stressed, however, that despite the dangerous situation in Kabul, the U.S. is continuing its ambitious mission to evacuate American citizens and Afghan refugees from the country.