National security adviser: U.S. taking terrorism threat at Kabul airport ‘deadly seriously’

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan (Photo credit: Algeria News)

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Sunday’s edition of State of the Union that the United States is taking the threat of a possible terrorist attack at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport “absolutely, deadly seriously” amid the chaotic evacuation process.

There have been unsubstantiated reports that the Islamic State, which has continued to operate in Afghanistan in recent years, is looking to take advantage of the situation, which includes large, vulnerable crowds. Sullivan shed a little more light on the possibility (though he didn’t reveal any specifics), telling Keilar that the threat is “real,” “persistent,” and remains a major area of a focus for both the military commanders on the ground at the airport and the U.S. intelligence community. “It is something that we are placing paramount priority on stopping and disrupting,” he said. “We will do everything that we can for as long as we are on the ground to keep that from happening.”

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 14022 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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