Biden was briefed that another terror attack in Kabul is 'likely' following deadly blasts
- US President Biden was briefed that another terror attack in Kabul is "likely" following Thursday's deadly blast.
- A suicide bomber with ISIS-K set off an explosion that killed 13 US service members and at least 169 Afghans, reports the AP.
- The mission's next few days "will be the most dangerous period to date," the White House warned.
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US President Joe Biden was briefed on Friday that another terrorist attack in Kabul is "likely" and the last few days of the withdrawal will be "the most dangerous yet," according to the White House.
This comes a day after a blast outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport killed 13 US service members, according to the Pentagon, and over 200 Afghan civilians as of Friday, according to Afghan health officials.
Thursday's explosion was committed by a single suicide bomber associated with ISIS-K, Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate, the Pentagon said.
"The next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date," the White House says— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) August 27, 2021
The US is staring down an August 31 deadline to withdraw its military presence from Afghanistan, which has been taken over by the Taliban, and evacuate as many people as possible amid increasing dangerous conditions.
US Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie of the US Central Command also warned of imminent attacks and a longer-term resurgence of terror in the region in a Thursday Pentagon press briefing.
"The threat from ISIS is extremely real," McKenzie told reporters. "We believe it is their desire to continue those attacks, and we expect those attacks to continue."
In a Thursday evening speech, Biden made a vow of retribution to the terrorists responsible for the attack. The US will "hunt you down and make you pay," he said.
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