Vice President Harris briefed on Afghanistan explosions

U.S. Vice President Kamala D. Harris has been briefed on the explosions that occurred outside of Kabul Airport on Thursday, a White House official said.

“The Vice President has been briefed on the situation in Kabul, and she will continue to be updated,” the official said, after Air Force 2 landed in Guam at 1:27 a.m. local time on Friday following a 6-hour and 20 minute flight. 

The Vice President joined the situation room briefing with President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at about 9:15 a.m., the official added.

Harris is currently on a layover in Guam which is expected to last about two hours before continuing to Honolulu where she has an event at Pearl Harbor.

Officials who greeted the VP from the airport in Hanoi before takeoff included Mr. Nguyen Viet Dung, Director General, MFA Protocol (Chief of Protocol); Ms. Penny Price, US Deputy Assistant Chief of Protocol; Mr. Le Khanh Hai, Chairman of the Office of State President; Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dung, MFA Vice Minister; Ms. Nguyen Vu Ha Le, Director General of Foreign Affairs
Department, Office of the State President; Mr. Le Chi Dung, Director General of Americas Department, MFA
and Chargé d’Affaires Christopher Klein, US Embassy Hanoi.

A White House official said President Biden met with his national security team on Thursday morning following developments in Afghanistan.

The official said the President will continue to be “briefed on updates on the evolving situation throughout the day.”

The Patengon confirmed that there were at least two explosions by the Abbey Gate and a hotel outside Kabul airport.

It was not clear how many people had been injured or killed but at least three U.S. troops were injured, according to early reports that followed the attacks believed to have been carried out by ISIS K.

The attacks occurred as the U.S. military is completing evacuations of U.S. citizens, Afghans and other nationals from Afghanistan after a 20-year-long war that left more than 241,000 people dead and consumed trillions of dollars.

President Biden rejected calls to delay the withdrawal and has insisted that American troops will be out of Afghanistan by August 31.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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