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Joe Biden warns another attack in Afghanistan highly likely, promises further US strikes against ISIS-K members - ABC News

US President Joe Biden says another attack in Afghanistan is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours.

"Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours. I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritise force protection," Mr Biden said.

He has promised further strikes against the Islamic State group (IS) in Afghanistan after an initial drone attack was launched in retaliation for a deadly bombing outside Kabul airport.

Mr Biden warned the situation on the ground continued to be "extremely dangerous".

"This strike was not the last. We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay," he said in a statement on Saturday.

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US President Joe Biden spoke about the attack that killed multiple US military personnel.

It comes after an initial strike was carried out by US forces that killed an IS member said to be the planner behind the Kabul airport suicide attack that killed 13 US troops and at least 169 Afghans the day before.

The Taliban condemned the drone strike, which took place in Nangarhar Province, an eastern area that borders Pakistan.

"The Americans should have informed us before conducting the airstrike, it was a clear attack on Afghan territory," a Taliban spokesman told Reuters, adding that two women and a child were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban have said they have arrested some suspects involved in the airport blast.

An Afghan offshoot of the IS group, ISIS-K – an enemy of the Islamist Taliban as well as the West – claimed the attack.

A day after the bombing, Mr Biden, in a live conference at the White House, promised firm retaliation against the terrorist group.

"We will hunt you down and make you pay," he said.

ISIS-K has carried out dozens of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, targeting schools, mosques and women.

And its bitter enemy is now in charge of the country they want to control.

Taliban says it will take over the airport 'very soon'

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban would take over the airport "very soon", after US forces withdraw, and announce a full cabinet in the coming days.

The Western-backed government and Afghan army melted away as the hardline Islamist militants entered the capital on August 15, leaving an administrative vacuum that has bolstered fears of a financial collapse and widespread hunger.

Mr Mujahid told Reuters the group had appointed governors and police chiefs in all but one of Afghanistan's 34 provinces and would act to solve the country's economic problems.

A US official told Reuters on Saturday there were fewer than 4,000 troops left at the airport, down from 5,800 at the peak of the evacuation mission.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby later confirmed to reporters that the withdrawal had begun but declined to say how many service members remained.

Reuters/ABC

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