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Forces in Kabul on high alert


Taliban fighters outside the Kabul airport on Friday Associated Press/Photo by Wali Sabawoon

Forces in Kabul on high alert

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, and 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.

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.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD’s ongoing coverage of the crisis in Afghanistan.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.

@lmlangdon

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My Two Cents

Reasonable people can disagree on the merits or not of a US military presence in Afghanistan. One can agree or not that we need to exit. I am not a military strategist by any stretch, but why in the world do you announce a troop withdrawal prior to carrying out evacuations? A reasonable person would keep the troops in place to safely evacuate people FIRST. The military is the first in, and the last out. Except in this case.