Washington. The US said it would complete its evacuation operation by August 31, despite “slipping back” in the evacuation process from Afghanistan due to the threat from the Islamic State-Khorasan province (ISIS-K). The US and the Taliban have set an August 31 deadline for the evacuation of American troops from the war-torn country. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in her regular news conference on Friday, “The danger still remains. Our soldiers are still in danger. This is the most dangerous part of the campaign.” He said, “This is the retrograde phase of the campaign. When military commanders and armies on the ground began to take home not only soldiers but equipment. This is often the most dangerous part of any mission but in this case they are doing it despite the threat of ISIS-K.
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On Thursday, two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Kabul airport, killing more than 100 people, including 13 US soldiers. Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Psaki said the military has made it clear to US President Joe Biden that they are ready to continue this mission, save lives, get more people out of the country in the coming days, and complete their campaign by August 31. are committed. Responding to a question, he said the President has directed the Secretary of State to continue diplomatic efforts with third countries and international partners to secure evacuation of Afghan nationals from third countries even after US troops cease to exist. He said that for this it will have to work together with the Taliban. “It doesn’t mean presence on the ground. We are withdrawing the army by August 31 and there has been no change in it. “The Taliban control large parts of Afghanistan, including the area around the airport,” he said. So the only option is to coordinate with American citizens, our Afghan partners, to get other people out of there.”
The White House said the US has evacuated some 1,09,200 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul since August 14. He also told that the US evacuated about 4,200 people in 12 hours on Friday. Giving the latest information on Friday, the White House said, “This is the result of 12 US military flights that brought about 2,100 people and 29 coalition flights that brought about 2,100 people.” The US has evacuated about 1,09,200 people since August 14. We have rehabilitated about 1,14,800 people since the end of July.” Working in the midst of threats of attack. He also said that the US has killed a member of the terrorist group responsible for the airport attack in Kabul. The US Central Command said a member of an Islamic State-linked group was killed in a US drone strike early Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.
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Biden blamed Thursday’s suicide attacks on an extremist group that is hostile to both the West and Afghanistan and is known to carry out deadly attacks. The US Central Command said that US officials believe the terrorist killed in a drone strike on Saturday was involved in planning an attack against the US in Kabul. The US retaliated after the White House and the Pentagon warned that there could be more terrorist attacks targeting US forces, in view of the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of US forces. “The next few days will be the most dangerous days of our operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan,” Saki said hours before the US issued a security alert for the four gates of Kabul airport.