A US Official Said, ‘The Next Few Days Of This Mission Will Be The Most Dangerous Period To Date’

A US Official Said, ‘The Next Few Days Of This Mission Will Be The Most Dangerous Period To Date’

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43 min agoBiden was warned “another terror attack in Kabul is likely” as mission enters “most dangerous period”From CNN’s Kaitlan Collins 

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the terror attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport, and the US service members and Afghan victims killed and wounded, in the East Room of the White House in Washington on August 26. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were warned by their national security team this morning “that another terror attack in Kabul is likely,” according to a White House official, who said the US is taking “maximum force protection measures at the Kabul Airport.”

“The next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date,” the official said. 

“The US military is airlifting out thousands of people every few hours. They continue to prioritize evacuating the remaining American citizens who have indicated that they wish to leave, and are engaged in a variety of means to get them to the airport safely,” the official continued.

“The President directed the Secretary of State to continue diplomatic efforts with international partners to secure means for third-country nationals and Afghans with visas to leave the country even after the U.S. military presence ends.”

The official said US commanders also updated Biden and Harris “on plans to develop ISIS-K targets.”

“The next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date. The President reaffirmed with the commanders his approval of all authorities they need to conduct the operation and protect our troops, and all reported back that they have the resources they believe they need to do so effectively,” the official said.

Harris was not at the meeting in person but joined via a secure video teleconference, the official said. 

1 hr 7 min agoEvacuation effort is a “worthy mission,” Biden says one day after Kabul attack From CNN’s Adrienne Vogt

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the terror attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport, and the US service members and Afghan victims killed and wounded, in the East Room of the White House in Washington on August 26. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)A day after an attack near Kabul’s international airport that killed 13 US service members, President Biden again expressed sympathy to those who died and called the Afghanistan evacuation effort “a worthy mission.”

“Losing a son or daughter, a husband, a wife, is like being sucked into a big black hole in your chest and you don’t think there’s any way out. … Our hearts go out to all those who we lost. But look, the mission there they performed is dangerous. And now it’s come with a significant loss of American personnel. But it’s a worthy mission because they continue to evacuate folks out of the region, out of the airport. Evacuated more than 12,000 additional people out of the airport in the last 24 hours,” Biden said. At least 170 people were killed in the attack, according to an official with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health.

Biden said he received a “detailed briefing” this morning from his national security advisers.

“We will complete the mission,” Biden said.

Biden made the remarks during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

1 hr 46 min agoKabul death toll increases to more than 170 killed, Afghan health official saysRelatives load in a car the coffin of a victim of the explosion at the Abbey gate at Hamid Karzai International airport on Friday, August 27, in Kabul. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)The death toll has increased to more than 170 people killed from Thursday’s Kabul attack, an official with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health told CNN Friday.

More than 200 people were wounded, the official said.

Yesterday, the Pentagon confirmed that 13 US service members were killed and 18 were injured in the attack near Kabul’s airport.

1 hr 49 min agoPentagon: There are still “credible threats” to Kabul airportFrom CNN’s Nicole Gaouette

Pentagon officials say they are receiving reports of credible threats to the evacuation effort in Afghanistan and are monitoring those threats “virtually, in real time.”

“We still believe there are credible threats. In fact, I’d say specific, credible threats, and we want to make sure we’re prepared for those,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Friday, as he discussed efforts to bolster force protection, including expanding the perimeter around Kabul airport and closing roads, in the final days before the US military completes its withdrawal on Aug. 31.“We have additional information,” Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon briefing. “What you’re seeing us act on, to the degree we can talk about, it is based on information that we have, and I think, I think I’d like it at that.”

Pressed by CNN’s Barbara Starr on whether another attack in potentially imminent, Kirby said, “we certainly are prepared and would expect future attempts, absolutely, but I won’t get into the specifics of what those are and why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

Asked if the US has additional intelligence on threats to Kabul airport since the attack, Kirby said, “again, without talking to intelligence, we’re monitoring these threats, very, very specifically, virtually in real time, and I think you can understand I wouldn’t get in more detail than that.”

1 hr 51 min agoPentagon confirms reports of backlog of Afghan refugee flights at DC-area airportFrom CNN’s Michael Conte

The Pentagon said that reports of refugee flights from Afghanistan being stuck on the tarmac at Dulles Airport near Washington, DC, for hours were accurate but said it was an issue with Customs and Border Patrol processing.

“As we understand it this morning, they have worked through the difficulties and we believe that wait time now upon landing is going to get much much shorter,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said.

1 hr 50 min agoArmy confirms 1 soldier was among the 13 US service members killed in Kabul attackThe US Army confirmed that one soldier was among the 13 US service members killed in the

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