Due to threats outside the Kabul airport, US citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates unless you receive instructions to do so. Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately.
The situation in Kabul continues to change quickly, including at the airport. Do not call the U.S. Embassy for updates. Gates may change daily – we will provide updates via email. The U.S. Government cannot ensure safe passage to the airport.
President Biden says there is a “growing risk” of an attack by ISIS-K, an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan that is also an enemy of the Taliban. He says every day the U.S. remains there is another day that ISIS-K could target the Kabul airport and U.S. forces.
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Andrew Desiderio ISIS-K is targeting airport gates and military & commercial aircraft evacuating people from the capital city, sources said. The window for evacuations is narrowing due to the new threats, the assessment indicates, a potential motivation to wrap up the operation by end of week.