Afghanistan: Threat of car bomb attack is ‘high’ at Kabul airport says US Central Command

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The menace of a car bomb attack on the airport in Kabul is ‘excessive,’ the Marine General who heads Central Command revealed Thursday even because the navy continues to push via evacuations after a ‘suicide’ bomb attack.

Marine Gen. Kennth McKenzie instructed reporters {that a} automobile bomb is one of a number of threats confronting the airport in what is scheduled to be the ultimate days of the U.S. evacuation.

 McKenzie, who known as ISIS-Okay the doubtless perpetrator of the attack, stated enemies are additionally excited by launching rocket assaults on the airport to attempt to disrupt the evacuation and kill Americans.   

‘We know that they wish to lob a rocket in there if they might,’ he stated, outlining three main potential threats.

He additionally stated terrorists are working to a ‘suicide automobile’ of small to giant dimension in proximity to the airport and the crowds. ‘They’re working all these choices,’ McKenzie stated.

Marine Gen. Kennth McKenzie warned that ISIS was seeking to carry out car bomb and other suicide attacks, while listing the threat posed by potential rocket attacks meant to target the U.S. evacuation in Kabul

Marine Gen. Kennth McKenzie warned that ISIS was in search of to hold out car bomb and different suicide assaults, whereas itemizing the menace posed by potential rocket assaults meant to focus on the U.S. evacuation in Kabul 

A 3rd possibility is the one which seems to have succeeded: an individual armed with a suicide vest.

‘We’ve simply seen their capability to ship a walk-in,’ he stated. 

The U.S. is adjusting to the brand new threats. To counter the rocket menace, there are and-rocket and mortar capabilities he known as ‘fairly efficient.’ He stated there is a well-positioned boundary.

He stated the U.S. ‘minimize down the data we give the Taliban,’ but in addition confused the important thing function Taliban checkpoints present within the safety scenario. 

‘We additionally use the Taliban as a device to guard us as a lot as potential,’ he stated. He says the U.S. ‘reached out to the Taliban’ to get it to proceed to push out the boundaries of safety. He says the U.S. ‘recognized some roads that we wish for them to shut.’

The U.S. is taking new precautions at the crowded airport in Kabul

The U.S. is taking new precautions at the crowded airport in Kabul

Gen. McKenzie said the evacuation mission would continue

Gen. McKenzie stated the evacuation mission would proceed

McKenzie said ISIS-K was assessed to be behind the bomb attack

McKenzie stated ISIS-Okay was assessed to be behind the bomb attack

A member of ther US military speaks with Afghan evacuees at the US Air Base Ramstein, Germany on August 26, 2021.'There¿s no substitute for a young man or woman, a young U.S. man or woman conducting a search' at the airport, said McKenzie

A member of ther US navy speaks with Afghan evacuees at the US Air Base Ramstein, Germany on August 26, 2021.’There’s no substitute for a younger man or lady, a younger U.S. man or lady conducting a search’ at the airport, stated McKenzie

McKenzie said the U.S. had asked the Taliban to push back checkpoints, as he confirmed 12 U.S. service members had been kiilled

McKenzie stated the U.S. had requested the Taliban to push again checkpoints, as he confirmed 12 U.S. service members had been kiilled

A military aircraft takes off at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 August 2021

A navy plane takes off at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 August 2021

The navy additionally has drones overhead offering surveillance and safety, in addition to manned plane. He particularly talked about MQ-9 Reaper drones, which offer high-altitude armed surveillance. The navy additionally AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, F-15 jets, and AC-130 gunships within the air.

McKenzie stated the gunship has a ‘very extremely succesful focusing on system.’ He known as it a ‘very seen platform,’ including: ‘We know from lengthy expertise that visible demonstrations of this type of ISR tends to dissuade the attacker as a result of they know that if we are able to see them and do it, we’ll strike them instantly.’

‘We will likely be ready to try this ought to it grow to be essential to defend the bottom,’ he stated. 

But McKenzie stated checkpoints manned by U.S. troops to look individuals getting into the airport for potential threats – had been important, regardless of the dangers of publicity.

‘There’s no substitute for a younger man or lady, a younger U.S. man or lady conducting a search,’ he stated. 

McKenzie additionally pointed to the menace of outgoing plane – which might end in a mass-casualty occasion.

‘They have taken photographs at our plane now and again, with out have an effect on. We assume that’s going to proceed,’ he predicted.

 McKenzie confirmed 12 US troopers have died and at least 15 have been injured in assaults. They embody 11 US marines and a Navy medic. 

‘As you understand, two suicide bombers, assessed to be ISIS fighters, detonated within the neighborhood of the Abbey Gate at the airport and within the neighborhood of the Baron Hotel.

‘The attack on the Abbey Gate was adopted by an attack by ISIS gunmen, who opened fireplace on civilian and US forces. 

‘At this time, we all know that 12 US service members have been killed within the attack and one other 15 have been injured. A quantity of Afghan civilians had been additionally killed or injured.’ 

‘We proceed to give attention to the protectsion of our forces and the evacuees,’ he stated in opening remarks. 

‘While we’re saddened by the loss of life,’ he stated, ‘we are going to proceed to execute the mission.’ 

McKenzie stated he was not in search of further troops, saying ‘now we have what we have to shield ourselves.’