We will not have a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan after August 31

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken confirmed that the United States will not have a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan after August 31, when the final withdrawal date from the country is.

Blinken told ABC on Sunday that the administration would remain diplomatically involved in the region, but reopening the embassy in Kabul would depend on Taliban behavior “in the coming weeks and months.”

In the same interview, Blinken said the administration is still actively working to evacuate about 300 US citizens from Afghanistan who have told the US they want to leave the country.

In response to a question about the US drone strike that killed two ISIS-K militants on Friday following the group’s suicide bombing that killed dozens of Afghans and 13 US soldiers, Blinken said more details will be announced in the coming days about the targets.

“The targets of ISIS that were eliminated included two important planners and facilitators of ISIS,” Blinken said, adding that the US administration will release more information about “what they did and what they are responsible for” in the coming days. Blinken also reiterated Biden’s comments on Saturday that there is a “very high risk” of another attack against US forces in Kabul.

“There is a high probability of additional attacks between now and the 31st, and this is the most dangerous time in an already very dangerous mission,” Blinken noted.

When asked why additional force protection measures were not taken sooner, given the constant flow of intelligence throughout the week about a potential ISIS attack, Blinken said that part of the mission inevitably involves “direct contact” between service personnel and those seeking to enter the airport, as part of the mission. From the screening process by the forces guarding the airport.

Blinken said the US administration will look into whether anything could be done better to prevent the terrorist attack that killed dozens of Afghans and 13 US troops.


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