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Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct security operations as they continue to help facilitate the evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021.
Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct security operations as they continue to help facilitate the evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021. (Jillian G. Hix/U.S. Army )

The State Department has told Americans at the Kabul airport gates to leave the area immediately, citing an unspecified security threat there early Saturday.

“U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid all airport gates at this time,” the State Department said in a security alert email. 

The warning comes a little over a day after a bombing at the airport’s Abbey Gate claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members and more than 150 Afghans. The Islamic State group’s local affiliate, known as ISIS-Khorasan province, claimed responsibility for that attack.

U.S. officials had cited potential ISIS-K threats against the airport and Americans earlier in the week. 

More attacks were expected, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said in the wake of Thursday’s bloody bomb blast at the airport.

“We expect those attacks to continue — and we’re doing everything we can to be prepared for this attack,” he said.

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Chad is a Marine Corps veteran who covers the U.S. military in the Middle East, Afghanistan and sometimes elsewhere for Stars and Stripes. An Illinois native who’s reported for news outlets in Washington, D.C., Arizona, Oregon and California, he’s an alumnus of the Defense Language Institute, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Arizona State University.
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