Joe Biden warns Kabul terror attack ‘highly likely in the next 24 to 36 hours’

Joe Biden warns of ‘growing risk’ of an attack from ISIS

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In a statement on Saturday, the President also said the retaliatory airstrike which killed two ISIS-K targets would not be the last of such action. Mr Biden said the situation in Kabul “continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high”.

“Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24 to 36 hours,” President Biden said.

The warning follows a US airstrike on Afghan soil on Friday which killed two Islamic State “planners and facilitators”.

The strike followed Biden’s pledge to “hunt down” the perpetrators of the terror attack on Kabul airport on Thursday.

“We discussed the strike that US forces took [on Friday] night against the terrorist group Isis-K in Afghanistan,” Mr Biden said.

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Joe Biden says another Kabul terror attack ‘highly likely in the next 24 to 36 hours’ (Image: Getty Images)

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Joe Biden warns of possible terror attack (Image: PA IMAGES)

“I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have.

“This strike was not the last. We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay.

“Whenever anyone seeks to harm the United States or attack our troops, we will respond.”

The now-ruling Taliban condemned the strike as a “clear attack” on Afghan territory.

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Kabul – near the terror attack site (Image: PA Images)

The ISIS-K claimed attack on Kabul airport on Thursday was responsible for the deaths of around 170 civilians and 13 US service members who have now been named by the Pentagon.

Eleven of the victims were US marines, one was a soldier and the last a sailor.

Pentagon spokesmen have now revealed a total of more than 117,000 US citizens and Afghan allies have been evacuated from the country in one of the largest airlifts in history.

With just two days to go until the end of Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline for US withdrawal, Pentagon officials have now confirmed the military has begun to pull out.

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Joe Biden says airstrikes will not be the last (Image: PA IMAGES)

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Joe Biden vows to ‘hunt down’ ISIS-K terrorists (Image: PA IMAGES)

An official told Reuters the number of US troops at Kabul airport now number 4,000 – down from 5,800 at the peak of the evacuation.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters the latest US airstrike would not be enough to stop ISIS.

“They have lost some capability to plan and to conduct missions,” he said, “but make no mistake, nobody’s writing this off and saying, ‘Well, we got them. We don’t have to worry about Isis-K any more.’ Not the case.”

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