Taliban forces successfully surrounded the Afghan capital; Kabul on Sunday (15/8/2021) as the United States (US) was evacuating diplomats from its embassy by helicopter. Taliban Successfully Enter Afghanistan’s Capital
The United States has urged crowds trying to access Kabul airport to leave the area; as the British and Australian governments warned of a “high threat” of a “terrorist” attack.
The warnings late on Wednesday and on Thursday came as Western troops hurried to evacuate as many foreign nationals and Afghans as possible before a withdrawal deadline on August 31.
“Those at the Abbey Gate; East Gate; or North Gate now should leave immediately;” the US State Department said in an alert; citing “security threats”.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs also cited an “ongoing and very high threat of terrorist attack” and told people not to travel to the airport.
The British foreign office gave similar advice; saying: “If you can leave Afghanistan safely by other means; you should do so immediately”.
“There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack”; the statement added.
Meanwhile; US Army Major General William Taylor told a news briefing that there were more than 10;000 people at the Kabul airport waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan.
The Pentagon claimed it evacuated some 19;000 people in the past 24 hours. More than 80;000 people; foreigners and Afghans; have been evacuated since August 14; the day before the Taliban swept into Kabul.