United States President Joe Biden on Saturday promised further strikes against the ISIL-affiliate in Afghanistan in retaliation for a deadly bombing outside Kabul airport and warned that the situation on the ground continued to be “extremely dangerous.”
“The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high. Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours. I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritize force protection, and ensured that they will have all the authorities, resources and plans to protect our men and women on the ground,” Biden added, according to the release.
The president also confirmed that “despite the treacherous situation” in the Afghan capital, US forces were continuing the evacuation of civilians, with 6,800 people, including “hundreds of Americans,” taken out of the country aboard military transports on Friday. Biden said that over 117,000 people have been evacuated over the past month or so