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Vaccines in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott is digging in on the state's ban on vaccine mandates despite full FDA approval for the Pfizer shot.
Nabisco strike: Workers at the company that makes Oreos, Chips Ahoy and Ritz crackers are on strike in five states. They say the company is making unfair demands while business is up.
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Here's How You Can Keep Up With The Latest In Afghanistan
Here's an update from NPR's White House team at 10:55 a.m. ET:
President Biden was in the White House Situation Room with his top national security aides discussing the situation in Afghanistan when the explosion at the airport happened. Biden was briefed on the explosion, a White House official told NPR’s Franco Ordoñez.
Pentagon confirms a second explosion and unspecified number of causalities at 10:57 a.m. ET:
"We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby tweeted. "We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate."
U.S. Official Says Marines Were Wounded In Kabul Airport Explosion
Three U.S. Marines were wounded in the explosion at the airport gate, a U.S. official tells NPR. A dozen or more others are likely wounded (their nationalities are unclear).
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a security alert that a "large explosion" took place at the Abbey Gate of the international airport. It’s one of the entrances that the embassy had specifically asked U.S. citizens to avoid due to a heightened fears of an attack.
The embassy statement says there are reports of ongoing gunfire.
It adds that U.S. citizens “should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates at this time.” Those who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate or North Gate should leave immediately.
An Explosion Has Been Reported Outside Kabul's Airport
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby has just confirmed reports of an explosion in Kabul outside the airport. Casualties are unclear at this time.
We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.— John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 26, 2021
The White House, State Department, Pentagon and U.S. Embassy in Kabul have all been warning of heightened threat from ISIS-K militants in Afghanistan to the ongoing evacuation effort there.
This is a developing story. We will update with details as they become available.