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    US reports possible Islamic State threat to Kabul evacuees

    Kabul, Afghanistan — A senior U.S. official said Saturday that potential threats by the Islamic State group against Americans in Afghanistan are forcing the U.S. military to find new ways for evacuees to reach the Kabul airport.

    The official said that small groups of Americans and possibly other civilians will be given specific instructions on what to do, including movement to transit points where they can be gathered up by the military. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.

    The changes come as the U.S. Embassy issued a new security warning Saturday telling citizen not to travel to the Kabul airport without individual instruction from a U.S. government representative.

    Officials declined to provide more specifics about the IS threat but described it as significant, and said there have been no confirmed IS attacks or incidents as yet.

    The White House says President Joe Biden has been briefed by members of his national security team on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

    Biden and his team met on Saturday in the White House Situation Room to discuss the security situation and counterterrorism operations, including against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

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