In a statement Saturday, President Joe Biden stated that it was "highly probable" that another attack on Kabul's airport would be made in the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, U.S. troops continue to work to evacuate Afghan citizens and allies in advance of the Aug. 31 deadline for a complete withdrawal.
On Aug. 24, 2021, President Joe Biden spoke from the Roosevelt Room at the White House [+] House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Biden stated that he has directed the forces to take "every possible measure" in order to protect U.S. troops on the ground. A suicide bombing at the airport on Thursday claimed 13 U.S. soldiers, as well as nearly 200 Afghans. Biden promised that the U.S. would continue to evacuate Afghans until Tuesday. He stated in a statement that over 117,000 Afghans have been rescued as a result U.S. efforts.
Biden stated that the situation on ground remains extremely dangerous.
IS-K, an affiliate of Islamic State in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for Thursday's bombing. It is also an enemy to the country's new Taliban rulers. Biden stated that the U.S. would pursue those responsible for the bombing attack after it happened. On Friday, the U.S. conducted a drone strike at Nangarhar Province in northeastern Afghanistan. This area is known to once have been a stronghold of IS-K. Pentagon officials confirmed Saturday that two IS-K militants were killed. One of them is believed to be responsible for the attack on Kabul's airport. Terrorist groups will be targeted in more strikes even after the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete.
On Saturday, the Department of Defense confirmed the identities of all 13 U.S. military personnel killed in Thursday's bombing.
All 13 U.S. All 13 U.S. Troops Killed in Kabul Airport Attack Identified
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