'Very high threat of terrorist attack' at Kabul airport as US, UK embassies tell citizens to stay away

'Very high threat of terrorist attack' at Kabul airport as US, UK embassies tell citizens to stay away

THOUSANDS OF people have been told to stay away from Kabul airport due to an 'ongoing' and 'very high threat' of a terrorist attack.

The United States and its allies, including Great Britain and Australia, have issued alerts to their citizens warning them to stay away from Kabul airport due to a "very high threat" of a terrorist attack.

The so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, are allegedly planning an attack against the evacuation operation at Kabul airport in which western countries are working to remove their citizens, refugees and Afghan citizens who helped the allies during the 20-year war.

The UK Foreign Office issued an emergency alert to UK nationals in Afghanistan warning of an " ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack. Do not travel to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport. If you are in the area of the airport, move away to a safe location and await further advice."

A Taliban fighter walks past a beauty salon with images of women defaced using spray paint in Shar-e-Naw in Kabul on August 18, 2021.(Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

The US embassy in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul also warned American citizens to"leave immediately" and "avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a US government representative to do so".

Australia also urged its citizens and Australian visa holders to flee the airport and go to a safe place, due to "a very high threat of a terrorist attack".

Due to the Taliban takeover of the country, the US, UK and others no longer have their own security in Afghanistan and are relying on the Taliban to assist them in evacuating their citizens and other eligible Afghan nationals.

People wait to be evacuated from Afghanistan at the airport in Kabul on August 18, 2021 following the Taliban shocking takeover of the country (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

The Afghan branch of the Islamic state, known as ISIS-K-- the Islamic State Khorasan-- and the Taliban are enemies, and the instability of the country means it is wide open for terrorist attacks.

Western countries have been given a deadline of 31 August to evacuate their citizens from Afghanistan, and Irish Army Rangers have been sent to the middle eastern country to assist with the evacuation of over 30 Irish citizens, including children, as well as refugees and Afghan citizens with relatives living in Ireland.