Thousands of Americans and allies stranded in Afghanistan apparently have more than just the Taliban to fear.
According to the Biden administration, ISIS might be planning an attack at the international airport in the capital city of Kabul, where a chaotic evacuation effort is currently underway.
“Working hard with our intelligence community”
The U.S. embassy issued a stark warning of “security threats” and urging Americans to avoid the airport.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan referenced a possible “terrorist attack” and acknowledged that ISS remains a “persistent” threat to the airport.
“Our commanders on the ground have a wide variety of capabilities that they’re using to defend the airfield against a potential terrorist attack,” he said. “We’re working hard with our intelligence community to try to isolate and determine where an attack might come from.”
The situation at the Kabul airport has been deteriorating for days. A standoff on Monday left one Afghan soldier dead and several Afghan citizens have been killed as thousands swarm the airport in an effort to evacuate.
For its part, the Biden administration does not even know exactly how many Americans still need to be evacuated ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline. The Taliban has warned that the U.S. will face “consequences” if all of its troops are not out of the country by the deadline.
Biden White House responds
The White House has attempted to drive home the message that everything is under control despite clear evidence to the contrary.
White House press secretary insisted that it is “irresponsible” to describe Americans in Afghanistan as “stranded,” though it is difficult to deny that they remain in a very vulnerable and uncertain situation.
Biden seemed to imply that his administration hopes a rivalry between the ISIS and Taliban will prevent any coordinated attack. Meanwhile, U.S. troops guarding the airport are reportedly also carrying out rescue missions in Kabul.
Amid the confusion surrounding visas and relocation for Aghan refugees, at least six people identified on Britain’s no-fly list as “direct threats” have reportedly been found among those evacuating the war-torn country.