米国は、カブール空港での別のテロ攻撃の可能性について引き続き警戒を怠らず、市民に「直ちに」この地域を離れるよう警告しています。, as military forces moved into the final stage of evacuations from アフガニスタン and the Taliban signalled its readiness to take over.
The US embassy in Kabul on Sunday issued an alert – its second in as many days – of security threats at specific areas of the airport, including access gates. It followed an earlier warning from president Joe Biden that another terror attack in Kabul was “highly likely”.
The president has also said he will stick by his Tuesday deadline to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan. 日曜日に, a Western security official in the Afghan capital told Reuters just over 1,000 civilians inside the airport remain to be flown out before troops are pulled out.
“We want to ensure that every foreign civilian and those who are at risk are evacuated today. Forces will start flying out once this process is over,” said the official, who is stationed at Kabul airport.
The Western-backed government and Afghan army melted away as the hardline Islamist militants entered the capital two weeks ago, leaving an administrative vacuum that has bolstered fears of a financial collapse and widespread hunger.
There are reportedly fewer than 4,000 US troops left at the airport, according to Reuters and AP, down from 5,800 at the peak of the evacuation mission. 土曜日, the final UK flight carrying troops and diplomatic personnel left Kabul airport, bringing to an end Britain’s 20-year campaign in the country.
As US forces pushed ahead to complete their evacuation mission, インクルード タリバン said it was ready to take charge of the airport.
“We are waiting for the final nod from the Americans to secure full control over Kabul airport as both sides aim for a swift handover,” the official told Reuters on Sunday, on condition of anonymity.
The Taliban’s engineers and technicians were ready to take control, the Taliban official added.
The Western security official said crowds at the airport gates had diminished after the warnings from the US government of another attack by militants.
The suicide bombing on Thursday caused a bloodbath outside the gates of the airport, where thousands of Afghans have gathered to try to get a flight out since the Taliban returned to power on 15 8月. After Thursday’s blast, Biden vowed to hunt down the perpetrators.
The Taliban condemned the late-night US drone strike, which took place in Nangarhar province, an eastern area that borders Pakistan.
The airport attack added fuel to criticism of Biden both at home and abroad for the chaos after Afghanistan’s government and military collapsed before a lightning Taliban advance. He has defended his decisions, saying the United States long ago achieved its rationale for invading in 2001.
ロイターと, Associated Press and Agence France-Presse