SITUATION UPDATE (8/26/2021 10:05am). Our original update follows the update below: The Pentagon has confirmed explosion outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Casualties have been confirmed by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.
Update (8/26/2021 10:30am): U.S. service personnel may have been injured or killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul.
Update (8/26/2021 1:34pm): U.S. service member casualties confirmed by Pentagon.
Update (8/26/2021 2:24pm): A third explosion near the Kabul Airport has been reported by Afghan local media.
West Issues Dire Warning of Possible Terrorist Attack at Kabul Airport Amid Evacuations
Overnight Western nations issued a grave warning of a potential terrorist attack on Kabul’s airport as U.S. forces scramble to evacuate citizens from Afghanistan.
With just a few more days left before America withdraws its troops and the evacuation efforts end, several countries are urging people to stay clear of the airport.
Britain announced an attack could happen within hours, saying there is “very, very credible reporting of an imminent attack” at the airport.
Belgium warned that they believe there could be a suicide bombing. And late Wednesday the U.S. Embassy issued a warning of their own.
Late Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy warned citizens at three airport gates to leave immediately due to an unspecified security threat. Australia, Britain and New Zealand also advised their citizens Thursday not to go to the airport, with Australia’s foreign minister saying there was a “very high threat of a terrorist attack.”
The warnings come as many Afghan are fleeing the country in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. The hard-line Islamic group wrested back control of the country nearly 20 years after being ousted in a U.S.-led invasion following the 9/11 attacks, which al-Qaida orchestrated while being sheltered by the group.
Amid concerns about attacks, military cargo planes leaving Kabul airport already use flares to disrupt any potential missile fire. But troops also worry about the teeming crowds outside the airport.via MilitaryTimes.com
The Taliban claims they are trying to control the situation, however now that they have taken over the government there is no official screening process. The result is that a terrorist could more easily sneak through and detonate explosives.
U.S. officials provided more insight on the Embassy’s warning, stating that the threat involved the Islamic State group and possible vehicle bombs.
With the American withdrawal still underway and the new warnings of a terrorist attack, some European nations have already announced they are going to cease their evacuation efforts.
“It is no longer safe to fly in or out of Kabul,” Danish defense minister Trine Bramsen stated.
This is a developing story, stay tuned for further updates.