Another Kabul attack ‘likely,’ White House says after briefing

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Another Kabul attack 'likely,' White House says after briefing

President Biden was warned that another terror attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, is “likely” as the US military draws up plans to retaliate against ISIS-K for the slaughter of 13 service members at the city’s airport, the White House said Friday.

Press secretary Jen Psaki offered no additional details on the potential threats discussed during a Situation Room meeting between Biden and his national security team, but said commanders were “taking maximum force protection measures at the Kabul airport.”

In a prepared statement posted on the White House website, Psaki said the evacuation efforts there were entering “the most dangerous period to date.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington.
Press secretary Jen Psaki said military leaders were still protecting Kabul airport as a priority.
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Ned Price speaking at the Daily Press Briefing.
Ned Price speaks about the Kabul bombing on Aug. 27, 2021.
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Wounded women arrive at a hospital for treatment after the attack outside the airport in Kabul on August 26, 2021.
Wounded women arrive at a hospital for treatment after the attack outside the airport in Kabul on Aug. 26, 2021.
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Psaki also said military leaders updated Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who took part via teleconference, “on plans to develop ISIS-K targets.”

Biden has vowed revenge for Thursday’s suicide bombing outside the airport, which also killed at least 169 Afghans desperately trying to escape the Taliban extremists who retook control of Afghanistan earlier this month after the president ordered the withdrawal of US troops.

“To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said late Thursday afternoon.

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