US national security officials warned that another terror attack in Kabul is "likely", following Thursday's suicide bombing at Kabul airport.
Military forces on the ground are thus "taking maximum force protection measures at the Kabul Airport" as the US continues evacuations before an Aug. 31 deadline.
Most Western airlifts have either ended or are winding down due to the security situation in the country. Thousands of Afghans are still gathered outside the airport gates trying to flee the Taliban.
At least 13 US soldiers were killed in the attack, as were more than 100 Afghan civilians. Many more were injured. The atrocities have been condemned around the world, from organizations as diverse as NATO and the Taliban.
Two British citizens were also killed in the attack, the foreign office said, and a child of a British citizen was killed. Reports on Friday raised the overall death toll from Thursday's attack to at least 169.
The Pulitzer Prize Board announced a special citation Friday for people in Afghanistan
who risked their safety to help produce news stories and images from their war-torn country.
“From staff and freelance correspondents to interpreters to drivers to hosts, courageous Afghan residents helped produce Pulitzer-winning and Pulitzer-worthy images and stories that have contributed to a wider understanding of profoundly tragic and complicated circumstances,” the board said.The US military is "taking maximum force protection measures at the Kabul Airport," the White House said.
The US president Joe Biden
spoke to his national security team, including commanders and diplomats in the field, from the Situation Room.
"The threat is ongoing and it is active. Our troops are still in danger," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing.
Also, the Taliban's spokesman Mohammad Naeem said that "female employees" of Afghanistan
's Ministry of Public Health should show up for work after more than 100 Afghans were killed in a suicide bombing. Naeem said there would be no "obstacle" to them going to work.