Biden welcomed Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, to effectively meet with a group of US governors.
Washington-Whitehouse with President Joe Biden’s first face-to-face meeting with the new Israeli Prime Minister and the next Governor of Afghanistan refugees on Thursday after an explosion killed more than a dozen people outside the airport in the capital of Afghanistan I hurriedly postponed my call. Many people are struggling to evacuate on an airplane.
Biden was scheduled to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who will visit the United States for the first time since taking office. Biden also planned to effectively meet with a group of bipartisan governors who said they wanted to help Afghan refugees settle in the country currently controlled by the Taliban.
However Deadly development in the capital of Afghanistan The President of Kabul oversaw the airport situation prompted by the Tuesday deadline set to eliminate American citizens and troops from Afghanistan, forcing the White House to abandon the president’s schedule.
According to the White House, the meeting between Biden and Bennett was postponed indefinitely, but the governor’s meeting was cancelled. The regular briefing by government health professionals scheduled for Thursday has also been postponed.
On Thursday, two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted a crowd near Kabul Airport on the final day of a large airlift that attracted thousands of people trying to escape the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
US officials said the attack was “definitely believed” to have been carried out by a group of Islamic State. Afghanistan’s affiliates of the Islamic State group were born of dissatisfied Taliban members who have a more extreme view of Islam.
Despite strong pressure to extend Tuesday’s deadline, Biden repeatedly cited the threat of terrorist attacks on civilians and US military personnel as a reason to keep his plans.
U.S. officials said U.S. military members were among the injured. Officials discussed ongoing activities, subject to anonymity.
The explosion exploded when the United States worked to expel the rest of the Americans out of the country. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that as many as 1,500 Americans could be waiting to evacuate.
Los Wilson, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, declined to comment when asked during an interview with ABC News about reports that evacuation could end on Friday.
Wilson said there is “a safe way to go” to the airport for Americans who still want to leave. He added that “there will definitely be” Afghans at risk of not leaving before Biden’s deadline.
Airlift continued on Thursday, despite warnings of a bomb threat from vehicles near the airport. The White House said 13,400 people had been evacuated in the 24 hours that ended early Thursday morning in Washington time. Among them were 5,100 on US military aircraft and 8,300 on coalition and partner aircraft. This is a significant reduction from 19,000 units that were always airlifted the day before.
Blinken emphasized in a State Department briefing Wednesday: “Evacuation of Americans is our number one priority.”
When Biden plans to withdraw the last of thousands of U.S. troops, he further states, “We will also eliminate as many Afghans at risk as possible by the 31st. I promise. “
The US Embassy in Kabul issued a security alert on Wednesday to warn American citizens away from three specific airport gates. U.S. officials said the warning was related to Islamic State and certain ongoing threats, including potential vehicle bombs.
According to Blinken, the State Department said about 6,000 Americans wanted to leave Afghanistan at the start of airlift on August 14, after the Taliban occupied the capital. Stunning military conquest.. According to Blinken, about 4,500 Americans have been evacuated so far, and some of the rest are “naturally very scary.”
The 6,000 figure is the first solid estimate by the State Department of how many Americans were trying to escape. Early US officials in the evacuation estimated that as many as 15,000 people, including dual citizens, lived in Afghanistan. This number does not include US green card holders.
About 500 Americans were instructed when and how to arrive at the chaotic Kabul Airport and board an evacuation flight.
In addition, less than 1,000 people have been contacted to determine if they still want to leave. Blinken said some of these may have already left the country, some may want to remain, and some may not actually be American citizens.
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