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Kabul airport may even see ‘imminent assault,’ maybe in ‘hours,’ British official warns

The potential for an “imminent assault,” maybe inside “hours,” loomed over Kabul’s airport on Thursday, in accordance with a British official.

James Heappey, Britain’s armed forces minister, advised the BBC on Thursday there was “very, very credible reporting of an imminent assault,” presumably focusing on the airport in Afghanistan, the place tens of 1000’s of individuals have been gathering over the previous two weeks in hopes of leaving the nation.

A senior US official who spoke on situation of anonymity confirmed the British report, saying the menace by ISIS-Ok or one other affiliate of a car bomb or suicide bomber has been measured as “extra seemingly than unlikely” for during the last 24 hours.

Different warnings in Western capitals addressed attainable threats from the Afghanistan affiliate of the Islamic State group, The Related Press reported.

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The newest studies adopted a U.S. Embassy warning in Afghanistan that U.S. residents who is likely to be gathered at particular gates of the Kabul airport ought to “depart instantly.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, nonetheless, dismissed the studies of attainable assaults, calling them “not appropriate.” However he didn’t elaborate, the AP reported.

Desperate Afghans crowd into an area near a gate at the Kabul airport, Aug. 26, 2021. (We the People)

Determined Afghans crowd into an space close to a gate on the Kabul airport, Aug. 26, 2021. (We the Individuals)

One Taliban official who spoke to Reuters mentioned its personal guards have been “risking their lives” on the airport due to a attainable assault by Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Ok), which the Taliban regards as an enemy.

In Belgium, Prime Minister Alexander De Cross mentioned his nation had obtained a warning from the U.S. {that a} attainable assault involving an explosive amid the airport crowds in Kabul is likely to be within the works.

“We obtained data on the navy degree from america, but in addition from different nations, that there have been indications that there was a menace of suicide assaults on the mass of individuals,” De Cross mentioned, speaking concerning the menace round Kabul airport.

Different nations introduced they have been both ending or had already ended their evacuation operations from the Kabul airport.

Poland, Belgium and Denmark all mentioned their last flights had departed, whereas France mentioned it will conduct no extra evacuations after Friday night, citing the upcoming withdrawal of U.S. troops.

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“From tomorrow night onwards, we’re not capable of evacuate folks from the Kabul airport,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex advised RTL Radio in France.

Danish Protection Minister Trine Bramsen bluntly warned: “It’s now not protected to fly in or out of Kabul.” Denmark’s final flight carried 90 folks plus troopers and diplomats.

The warnings from European allies got here because the U.S. struggled to evacuate 1000’s from the nation following the Taliban takeover enabled by the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Fox Information’ Jacqui Heinrich, Brie Stimson and The Related Press contributed to this story.

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