How ISIS poses 'acute threat' to US in Afghanistan

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South Asia News: In an alert issued on Wednesday evening, the US embassy in Kabul advised citizens to avoid travelling to the airport and said those already at the gat
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NEW DELHI: The United States and other western nations on Thursday urged people to move away from Kabul airport due to the threat of an Islamic State(ISIS) terror attack.The White House said President Joe Biden was briefed on Wednesday about the threat from the ISIS militant group as well as contingency plans for the evacuation.In an alert issued on Wednesday evening, the US embassy in Kabul advised citizens to avoid travelling to the airport and said those already at the gates should leave immediately, citing unspecified "security threats"."Those at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately," said the US state department, citing unspecified "security threats".In a similar advisory, Britain told people in the airport area to "move away to a safe location"."There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack", the British Foreign Office said in its statement.Australia also urged its citizens and visa holders to leave the area, warning of a "very high threat of a terrorist attack" at the airport.When asked directly about the threat, a Taliban spokesman acknowledged a risk of "nuisances" causing trouble in a chaotic situation they blamed entirely on the US-led evacuation.The Islamic State announced the formation of its Afghan affiliate - Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) in January 2015. "Khorasan" is a historical name for the region, taking in parts of what is today Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.ISIS-K was once concentrated in eastern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar province, which borders the region of Pakistan, formerly known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). There, ISIS-K was mostly comprised of former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militants…
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