Rep. Adam Schiff mentioned that Kabul’s airport might be a goal of terrorist assaults from ISIS-Khorasan and Al Qaeda as U.S. and allied troops on the bottom there try and evacuate hundreds of individuals fleeing Afghanistan.
“I believe the risk to the airport may be very actual, very substantial… this is able to make a really engaging goal for ISIS-Ok,” Schiff advised Fox Information after attending a labeled Afghanistan briefing Monday.
Schiff’s remarks come as chaotic scenes have performed out on the airport the place hundreds are nonetheless ready to flee with nation. Scuffles escalated to gunfire, inflicting U.S. and allied troops to answer the scene.
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Schiff mentioned he was involved in regards to the risk that terrorist organizations might pose to each Individuals and Afghan allies on the bottom there.
The California Democrat frightened that teams exterior the gates might “trigger chaos that may lengthen the U.S. keep in a manner that ISIS-Ok believes would possibly go well with their curiosity.”
“It is a very actual threat, I believe, to our plane, to our personnel, to individuals who have congregated across the airport,” Schiff mentioned. “Every time you will have a mass gathering like that, it is a chance for improvised and different explosive gadgets.”
The U.S. has to this point evacuated greater than 48,000 folks from Kabul, a minimum of 3,300 of whom are Americans.
However hundreds extra await evacuation, inflicting some to take a position that the operation could need to proceed after the August 31 deadline.
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Such an extension wouldn’t be nicely acquired by the Taliban, who threatened “penalties” if the U.S. prolonged the operation into September.
“If the U.S. or UK have been to hunt further time to proceed evacuations — the reply isn’t any,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen mentioned. “Or there can be penalties.”
Fox Information’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report.