U.S. forces in Kabul on high alert

Crowds continue to gather outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, even after a bombing killed at least 182 people on Thursday.
Crowds continue to gather outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, even after a bombing killed at least 182 people on Thursday.

A day after a suicide bombing killed more than 100 people, the Taliban set up barriers and posted fighters 500 meters from the Kabul airport. The United States also asked the Taliban to close certain roads leading to the airport for security, as national security chiefs warned President Joe Biden that another terror attack was likely.

The next few days of the operation to evacuate U.S. citizens and allies from Afghanistan “will be our most dangerous period to date,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Afghans by the thousands still hope to leave the country to escape feared reprisal and oppression from the hardline Islamic group that deposed the elected government.

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Have we learned more since the attack? Two officials said the number of Afghans killed rose to 169, one of the country’s highest death tolls from an act of terror.

The Pentagon also said Friday that there was just one suicide bomber, at the airport gate, not two, as U.S. officials initially said.

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2021, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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