The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, citing terror threats, issued a security alert late Wednesday to tell Americans not to travel to Hamid Karzai International Airport and said those already there should leave.
- “U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the alert said. Officials have been warning that members of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State extremist group were trying to mount an attack on military personnel or civilians at the airport.
- The Biden administration on Wednesday provided its first count of American civilians in Afghanistan, saying as many as 1,500 U.S. citizens remained in the country.
- U.S. officials are trying to evacuate 500 of the Americans, and are in contact with them, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the State Department. The status of another 1,000 civilian Americans is unclear, said Mr. Blinken, adding that U.S. officials were trying to contact them.