WASHINGTON: US military commanders believe another terrorist attack, such as a deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport, is “very likely in the next 24-36 hours.”
Biden said in a statement after briefing his national security team that a US drone strike targeting the Islamic State Khurasan group, which claimed responsibility for Thursday’s massacre at the airport, was “not the last.” Was. “
“The situation on the ground is extremely dangerous, and the risk of terrorist attacks at the airport is high. Our commanders informed me that there is a very high probability of an attack in the next 24-36 hours,” Biden said.
The Kabul bombing killed hundreds of Afghan civilians along with 13 US troops – many of them born when US military operations in Afghanistan began 20 years ago.
The Pentagon said on Saturday it had killed two “high profile” targets in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan in response to a suicide bombing – killing logistics experts for the jihadist group and wounding one.
No civilians were injured in the attack, Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor told a news conference in Washington.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, “The fact that two of them are no longer walking on the face of the earth is a good thing.”
The U.S. military is moving in a dangerous and chaotic manner to complete a large-scale evacuation operation from Kabul airport by the August 31 deadline.
Biden agreed to stick to the cut-off and vowed to punish those responsible for the suicide bombing. He said on Saturday that the drone strike would not be the last.
“We will continue to search for and pay for anyone involved in this heinous attack,” he said. “Whenever anyone tries to harm the United States or attack our troops, we will respond. It will never be suspected.”