The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan advises the compatriots to immediately leave the three checkpoints of the Kabul airport because of security threats. It was announced on Wednesday, August 25, on the website of the diplomatic mission.
“Due to the presence of security threats from outside the Kabul airport entrances, we advise U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the airport at this time and not to remain at the airport entrances,” the statement reads.
Diplomats also asked U.S. citizens in Afghanistan not to attempt to enter the airport without a clear direction from U.S. authorities. In addition, they should immediately leave the three checkpoints of the air harbor.
Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington intends to continue to evacuate U.S. citizens even after the August 31 deadline for the U.S. military withdrawal. He added that so far the United States had evacuated 4,500 of the 6,000 people who had expressed a desire to leave Afghan territory. Nevertheless, the Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stressed that as the 31st day approaches, Washington will give priority to withdrawal of the American servicemen and military equipment.
The day before the US president Joe Biden asked the Pentagon and the Department of State to make plans in case the dates of the US mission in Afghanistan would change. However, the American leader said that meeting the deadline for evacuation from Afghanistan (August 31) depends on coordination with the Taliban. During the G7 online meeting, Biden stressed that he still intends to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the deadline, but did not rule out extending the mission.
The Taliban has committed the United States to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by Aug. 31. The militants have ruled out allowing additional time to continue the operation, threatening “consequences” if the deadline is not met.