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US says Kabul airport attack carried out by one bomber: Live

Pentagon says there was only one suicide bomber and no explosion took place around Baron hotel.

A victim receives medical assistance in a hospital after he was wounded in the deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, August 26, 2021 [Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi/AFP]
A victim receives medical assistance in a hospital after he was wounded in the deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, August 26, 2021 [Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi/AFP]

By Tamila VarshalomidzeTed Regencia and Usaid Siddiqui27 Aug 2021|Updated: 28 minutes ago

Pentagon officials believe the attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday was a result of one explosion, not two.

“We do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron hotel, that it was one suicide bomber,” US Army Major General William Taylor told reporters at the Pentagon in Washington,

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At least 110 people have been killed in the explosion, according to Al Jazeera’s team in Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Kabul, said the evacuation has resumed.

“We have seen a number of planes take off. The number of people around the airport has grown dramatically since yesterday,” he said. “We have seen thousands of people scrambling up against a wall there desperate to get on the few remaining planes.”

Thursday’s attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan – the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) – which said its suicide bombers singled out “translators and collaborators with the American army”.

At least 110 people have been killed in the explosion, according to Al Jazeera’s team in Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Kabul, said the evacuation has resumed.

“We have seen a number of planes take off. The number of people around the airport has grown dramatically since yesterday,” he said. “We have seen thousands of people scrambling up against a wall there desperate to get on the few remaining planes.”

Thursday’s attack was claimed by ISIL (ISIS) offshoot in Afghanistan – the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) – which said its suicide bombers singled out “translators and collaborators with the American army”.

US President Joe Biden pledged to retaliate against the attack in Kabul, confirming that the bombings were carried out by ISKP. “We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” he said.

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Biden taps Homeland Security to handle Afghan refugees

President Joe Biden has directed the US Department of Homeland Security to take the lead in relocating Afghans fleeing their country and coming to the America, the White House said.

“Already, DHS has been working closely with agencies across government, including our military, diplomats, intelligence community and law enforcement professionals, and many others to ensure that all Afghans are screened and vetted prior to being allowed into the United States,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

Growing list of US military bases prepare for 50,000 Afghan refugees: Pentagon

The US military added the Marine Corps’ Quantico base and Army’s Fort Pickett in Virginia, and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico to its list of bases preparing to accept Afghan refugees under the US’s special immigrant visa (SIV) programme for Afghans, a Pentagon official said.

There are presently about 7,000 Afghans in the United States who were evacuated from Kabul and the addition of three bases brings US capacity to house and care for refugees in the US to 50,000, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Friday.

Since the airlift began, the US and coalition partners have evacuated 111,000 persons from Kabul to US bases in Italy, Germany, Qatar and other temporary staging areas. The military will designate more US bases to receive Afghan refugees as needed, Kirby said.


Biden told another Kabul terror attack ‘likely’

President Joe Biden’s national security team has told the president that another terror attack is “likely” in Kabul, and that “maximum force protection” measures are being taken at the airport in the Afghan capital.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not go into detail on the assessment Biden received from his team one day after a suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. servicemembers and scores of Afghans outside the airport.

Psaki says the next few days of the mission to evacuate Americans and vulnerable Afghans fleeing Taliban rule “will be the most dangerous period to date.”


Families of Kabul airport bombing victims scramble for news

Families of the victims of the bombings outside Kabul airport that killed at least 110 people and injured about 120 others are clamouring for news of their loved ones.

Dozens of families crowded outside Kabul’s Emergency Hospital on Friday. One among them – Muzda Nikanjam, 17, alongside her mother Zarghuna – was desperate to know about her father Abdol Naser, who has been undergoing treatment for more than 15 hours at the hospital.

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Pulitzer Board grants special citation to Afghan journalists

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced a special citation for people in Afghanistan who risked their safety to help produce news stories and images from their war-torn country.

“From staff and freelance correspondents to interpreters to drivers to hosts, courageous Afghan residents helped produce Pulitzer-winning and Pulitzer-worthy images and stories that have contributed to a wider understanding of profoundly tragic and complicated circumstances,” the board said.

The citation comes with a $100,000 emergency relief grant intended to help men and women involved in journalism in Afghanistan either resettle or to continue their work safely.


NATO chief praises Qatar for facilitating Afghan evacuations

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Qatar for its “leading role” in facilitating the evacuation of “thousands of people from Afghanistan”.

“Qatar is a key actor in the region, and is an increasingly important partner for NATO,” he tweeted.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1431233529782931460&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aljazeera.com%2Fnews%2F2021%2F8%2F27%2Fus-braces-for-more-possible-attacks-after-deadly-kabul-blasts&sessionId=6969ea9c411ae61b75b5fbb8c464bad9231f935e&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px


People still coming to airport amid extra precautions: AJ correspondent

Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reported from Kabul that people were still arriving at Kabul airport amid extra security and precautions put in place in the aftermath of Thursday’s attack.

“They have put in place this Friday extra precautions pushing people further back from the perimeter, including extra Taliban guards,” he said.

“But still people have turned up in the hope of getting onto some sort of flight, despite the ongoing warnings. And these warnings have been reissued by both the Taliban and also the United States.”

McBride said in Kabul city itself, things were “far calmer on the streets”.

“This is the second day, for many people of the Afghan weekend so we have many more people out on the on the streets. We have very high Taliban presence but the you get the sense that the Taliban are far less jittery than they were 24 hours ago.”


Pakistan would like ‘inclusive government’ in Afghanistan: UN representative

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations Munir Akram has said Pakistan would like an “inclusive … broad-based government” in Kabul.

“We are consulting with all the regional countries in order to coordinate and approach … on the issue of not only the recognition, but going forward, what are the steps that are required to stabilise Afghanistan,” he told Al Jazeera.ADVERTISING

Akram added: “The issue of terrorism, emanating from Afghanistan is a special concern for Pakistan, because we have had the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has been operating from the territory of Afghanistan, which had support from the intelligence agency of the former government, as well as the Indian intelligence agency.”

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