The evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan continues: Taliban officials said this morning (Friday) that a number of different countries and organizations have approached the organization’s leaders, asking for their help in evacuating civilians or workers from the country. They added that members of the organization are allowed to enter Friday prayers in mosques across the country, along with citizens. US President Joe Biden is expected to deliver another statement on Afghanistan at 20:00 (Israel time).
At the same time, the White House announced that since August 14, 9,000 people had been evacuated from Afghanistan. It was also reported that yesterday 3,000 people were evacuated from the country on military flights that took off from the airport in Kabul. The White House also noted that among the evacuees – close to 350 American citizens, along with their families, Afghans who have applied for US citizenship and those who are in real danger. Through the airport since Sunday. He noted that crowds continue to gather outside the airport desperate to escape.
Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in an interview aired overnight on NBC that U.S. officials are now focusing on the possibility that various terrorist groups, including ISIS, the sworn enemy of the Taliban, will carry out terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. “We will continue to work to reduce the chance that this will happen,” he explained. He went on to address the issue of the continued evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan, noting that “this is a dangerous operation, depending on whether the Taliban will continue to allow people to arrive safely at the airport.“