The U.S. State Department sent out an emergency alert around 5 a.m. local time on Sunday in Afghanistan warning U.S. citizens to immediately get away from the airport in Kabul and the surrounding area due to a specific threat.
“Due to a specific, credible threat, all U.S. citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station on the northwest side of the airport, should leave the airport area immediately,” the department said. “U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid all airport gates at this time.”
The urgent warning for all U.S. citizens to immediately leave the vicinity of the airport comes after an Islamic terrorist attack at the airport on Thursday that killed at least 13 U.S. soldiers and well over 100 Afghan nationals.
“The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high,” Democrat President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday afternoon. “Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours.”
Biden has tried to pin blame for the disaster that he created on former President Donald Trump, even though Biden had the following exchange with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos several days ago:
STEPHANOPOULOS: So would you have withdrawn troops like this even if President Trump had not made that deal with the Taliban?
BIDEN: I would’ve tried to figure out how to withdraw those troops, yes…
The New York Times reported on Saturday that Biden was advised by “the current military leadership of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff … that keeping a relatively modest force of as few as 3,000 to 4,500 troops along with the extensive use of drones and close air support could have enabled Afghan security forces to continue holding off the Taliban without putting Americans at much risk.”
The terror attack carried out by ISIS at the airport in Kabul came after the Taliban, which the Biden administration has relied on for securing the outside of the airport, freed thousands of terrorists from Bagram Air Base after the Biden administration pulled U.S. forces out of the area.
The Biden administration quickly agreed to allow the Taliban to control Kabul as the city fell on August 15th, maintaining only control of the airport, after the nation’s president fled.
In describing the disaster the Biden administration caused, Elliot Ackerman wrote in The New York Times:
As a Marine, I fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. As a journalist, I covered the war in Syria. Never have I witnessed a greater, swifter collapse of competence than what I have seen with the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.
Central to President Biden’s campaign was a promise that the candidate understood, deeply and personally, two essential things: empathy and service. Events in Afghanistan this week indicate this promise was, at worst, false and, at best, limited. Events in Afghanistan illustrate what happens when there is a breakdown in empathy. Events at the airport — desperation, death — indicate the extreme chaos that ensues when the commander in chief doesn’t actually understand the value of service.
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