A spokesman for Adam Schiff said Kabul airport could be a target for terrorist attacks from ISIS-Khorasan and Al Qaeda trying to evacuate thousands of people fleeing Afghanistan.
“I think the threat to the airport is very real, very significant … it serves as a very attractive target for ISIS-K,” Schiff told GTM News after attending a classified briefing in Afghanistan on Monday.
Schiff’s comments came as thousands of people were still waiting to flee the country, playing chaotic scenes at the airport. Clashes led to gunfire, with U.S. and Allied forces responding to the scene.
Schiff said he was concerned about the threat posed by terrorist organizations to Americans and Afghan allies on the ground there.
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Groups outside the California Democrat gates have expressed concern that “ISIS-K will cause confusion by extending U.S. accommodation in a way that they believe is in line with their interests.”
“This is a very real danger to our plane, our crew, the people gathered around the airport,” Schiff said. “When you have a mass collection, it’s an opportunity for enhanced and other explosive devices.”
The U.S. has so far evacuated more than 48,000 people from Kabul, at least 3,300 of whom are American citizens.
But thousands are waiting for the evacuation, with some speculating that the operation will have to continue even after the August 31 deadline.
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The Taliban, who threaten “consequences” if the US extends the operation until September, will not receive such an extension.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said, “If the US or UK asks for extra time to continue the move – there is no answer.” “Or there may be consequences.”