The head of the US Central Command, Kenneth McKenzie, said at a press conference on Thursday (26) that the explosion at Kabul Airport was an Islamic State terrorist act and that Washington shares information with the Taliban to prevent further attacks.
The incident caused 60 civilian deaths, reports Al Jazeera news agency. According to the Pentagon, 12 US military personnel were killed and another 15 were wounded.
“We are doing everything possible to be prepared for these attacks. That includes reaching out to the Taliban, who are doing security outside the airport, to let them know what we expect them to do to protect us. with them,” McKenzie said.
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Asked by the press about the possible complicity of the Taliban with the terrorist act, McKenzie pointed out that there is no evidence that points in this direction and that Washington and the Taliban have a “common interest” in finishing the evacuation of US citizens by the 31st of August.
“As long as we have that common goal in line, they’re being useful to work together, they’ve allayed some of our security concerns. In the long run, I don’t know if that will be the case,” said the head of US central command.
The US military highlighted that the priority remains to evacuate US citizens and allies from Afghanistan, and that about 1,000 US citizens remain in the Middle East country. In his assessment, the risk of a new terrorist act remains high.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann