US preparing for more ISIS attacks in Kabul: Top commander
August 27: U.S. troops in Kabul are bracing for more Islamic State attacks that could include car bombs or rocket fire at the airport, even as evacuation efforts wind down, a top U.S. commander said.
Twin bombings near an airport gate Thursday killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans fleeing a Taliban takeover, marking the deadliest day for American forces in Afghanistan in a decade. A local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
“We believe it is their desire to continue those attacks, and we expect those attacks to continue,” Marine Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Thursday. He said U.S. forces were sharing information with Taliban fighters manning checkpoints outside the airport.
“And we will continue to coordinate with them as they go forward,” he said.