U.S. soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 9:42 AM PT – Saturday, August 21, 2021
The U.S. Embassy has warned American citizens in Afghanistan to stay away from the Kabul airport. In a security alert on Saturday, the embassy advised any American hoping to escape the nation through the airport in Kabul to wait.
The embassy went on to cite security concerns near the airport’s gates. Embassy officials did not elaborate on the potential threat, but added the embassy would contact registered American citizens with updates on the situation.
The security alert comes just hours after Joe Biden promised to retrieve American citizens and Afghans who helped the U.S. and bring them to the states safely.