A threat of a terrorist attack is growing every day at Kabul airport. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the Financial Times, UA reports.
According to Stoltenberg, one of the largest evacuation operations in history is underway in Kabul. He noted that after the end of the military process, NATO will continue its efforts to manage evacuations by commercial flights, and will demand that the Taliban open ground routes.
Earlier, representatives of the radical Taliban movement said that Western countries must complete evacuation of their citizens by August 31. If they fail to do so, there will be consequences, islamists threatened.
“On the one hand, we would like to have more time to take out as many people as possible. However, if we stay after August 31, especially if the Taliban does not give us at least some sign of tacit consent, the threat of attacks increases” – NATO Secretary general said.
The day before, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the evacuation from Afghanistan will continue after August 31.
“We do not have a deadline to help American citizens who decide they want to leave, as well as many Afghans who have supported us for years and wanted to leave but were unable to do so. These efforts will continue daily after August 31. The Taliban has made public and private commitments to ensure safe passage for Americans, third-country nationals and Afghans who are at risk after August 31” – Blinken said.
By the way, the United States is grateful to Ukraine for evacuating people from Kabul.