Washington. The US said it would complete its evacuation operation by August 31, despite “slipping back” the process of evacuating people from Afghanistan due to the threat of Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISIS-K). will do. The US and the Taliban have set an August 31 deadline for the evacuation of American troops from the war-torn country. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in her regular news conference on Friday, “The danger still remains. Our soldiers are still in danger. This is the most dangerous part of the campaign.
“This is a retrograde phase of the campaign. When the military commanders and armies on the ground started taking home not only the soldiers but also the equipment. This is often the most dangerous part of any mission, but in this case they are doing it despite the threat of ISIS-K. More than 100 people were killed, including 13 US soldiers. The Islamic State Khorasan or ISIS-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
‘Committed to complete my campaign by August 31’
Psaki said the military has made it clear to US President Joe Biden that they are ready to continue this mission, save lives, get more people out of the country in the coming days, and complete their campaign by August 31. are committed. Responding to a question, he said that the President has directed the Secretary of State to continue diplomatic efforts with third countries and international partners to safely evacuate Afghan nationals even after the US troops cease to exist. He said that for this it will have to work together with the Taliban. “It doesn’t mean presence on the ground. We are withdrawing the army by August 31 and there has been no change in it.
‘America doesn’t trust Taliban’
Saki said the US does not trust the Taliban but has no choice but to work with them. “The Taliban control a large part of Afghanistan, including the area around the airport,” he said. So the only option is to coordinate with American citizens, our Afghan partners, to get other people out of there.”
‘Around 4,200 people pulled out in 12 hours’
The White House said the US has evacuated some 1,09,200 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul since August 14. He also told that the US evacuated about 4,200 people in 12 hours on Friday. Giving the latest information on Friday, the White House said, “This is the result of 12 US military flights that brought about 2,100 people and 29 coalition flights that brought about 2,100 people.” The US has evacuated about 1,09,200 people since August 14. We have rehabilitated around 1,14,800 people since the end of July.
‘US military working even amid threats of other attacks’
Meanwhile, US officials said their country’s military was dealing with threats of another attack as the deadline for a US-led military and civilian evacuation operation from Afghanistan nears. He also said that the US has killed a member of the terrorist group responsible for the airport attack in Kabul. The US Central Command said a member of an Islamic State affiliate was killed in a US drone strike early Saturday in eastern Afghanistan. Biden blamed Thursday’s suicide attacks on an extremist group that is hostile to both the West and Afghanistan and is known to carry out deadly attacks.
‘Terrorist killed was involved in planning attack in Kabul’
The US Central Command said that US officials believe the terrorist killed in a drone strike on Saturday was involved in a plan of attack against the US in Kabul. The US retaliated after the White House and the Pentagon warned that there could be more terrorist attacks targeting US forces, in view of the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of US forces. “The next few days will be the most dangerous days of our evacuation operation from Afghanistan,” Saki said hours before the US issued a security alert for the four gates of Kabul airport.