U.S. Warns of Threat at Airport in Kabul

The U.S. Embassy warned Americans to avoid the Kabul airport and informed anybody outdoors the perimeter to “leave immediately,” citing unnamed safety threats.

The British and Australian governments issued related warnings, with Australian officers describing “an ongoing and very high threat of terrorist attack.”

The warnings got here because the final of the estimated 1,500 Americans and numerous different foreigners nonetheless in Afghanistan attempt to make it to the airport to depart earlier than the U.S. withdrawal on Aug. 31. Thousands of Afghan nationals are camped outdoors the perimeter of the airport in determined makes an attempt to flee on the final flights out, some with paperwork permitting them to depart.

A senior U.S. official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity about confidential assessments, confirmed that the United States was monitoring a “specific” and “credible” risk at the airport from the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, which has carried out dozens of assaults in current years, many focusing on ethnic minorities and different civilians.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul cited three areas of specific concern in its advisory.

“U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the assertion stated, with out additional element.Marise Payne, Australia’s international minister, stated at a information convention Thursday that the Taliban will permit Australian residents and visa holders to depart safely however added, “Our travel advice remains: You should not come to Hamid Karzai airport because it is not safe to do so, and if you are in Kabul, you should shelter in place, move to a safe location and await further advice.”

The U.S. authorities has been warning about potential safety threats at the airport, and entry to the airport has been adjusted accordingly, with some gates quickly closed.