ISIS-K continues to be a threat in Afghanistan, according to the White House, which is “concerned.”
The White House claimed on Thursday that ISIS-K remains a “active” danger in Afghanistan.
The horrific attack on Kabul airport, which killed over 100 civilians and 13 US Marines, was carried out by Islamic extremists. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Thursday that the number of US people remained in Afghanistan was “closer to 100.” She emphasized that the Biden administration was doing all possible to assist individuals who had been left behind in leaving the country.
In response to proposals that planes be chartered to transport the trapped back to the US, Ms Psaki warned that such a venture would be fraught with hazards from ISIS.
“ISIS-K threats are current and will continue to be active,” she stated.
ISIS has a “strong interest” in aviation targets, according to the press secretary, thus there is “anxiety” about these potential charter flights and “where these flights go.”
On Monday night, the United States concluded its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, bringing an end to nearly two decades of military involvement in the country.
The US-led airlift operation, which began shortly after the Taliban marched into Kabul on August 14, evacuated about 123,000 people from the capital.
Some legislators, however, have chastised Joe Biden for failing to ensure that all Americans were able to leave before the deadline.
“Hundreds of Americans and thousands of our Afghan allies have been left behind enemy lines,” Republican Representative Mike Gallagher told Politico.
“This is a horrible shame, not a goal accomplished.”
“America’s last flight left Afghanistan, even though we still don’t know the total number of Americans trapped behind enemy lines – it’s unforgivable,” Republican Senator Steve Daines added.
Those that remained, according to the US President, did so of their own free decision.
“Most of those who remain are dual citizens, long-time residents, who earlier decided to stay because of their familial origins in Afghanistan,” he told reporters earlier this week.
“The bottom truth is that 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to do so, and there is no timetable for the remaining Americans.
“We’re still dedicated to getting them out if they want to.”