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It is not known when the breach was discovered, but it is believed to have occurred a few weeks ago, according to Fox News White House correspondent Jacquie Heinrich. The State Department’s ongoing mission to evacuate American and allied refugees in Afghanistan “has not been affected.” The extent of the breach, the investigation of the suspected source of the breach, efforts to mitigate it and any continued risk to operations remained uncertain.
In a Twitter thread, Ms. Heinrich wrote: “The State Department has been affected by a cyber attack, and notifications of a possible serious violation have been made by the Department of Defense Cyber Command.
“It is not known when the breach was discovered, but it is believed to have occurred a few weeks ago.
A familiar source told Fox that the State Department’s ongoing mission to evacuate American and allied refugees in Afghanistan “has not been affected.”
“The extent of the breach, the investigation of the suspected source of the breach, efforts to mitigate it and any continuing risk to operations remain unclear.
“A DoS spox tells me, ‘The ministry takes its responsibility to protect its information seriously and continually takes steps to ensure that information is protected.
“For security reasons, we are unable to discuss the nature or extent of any suspected cybersecurity incident at this time. “
Earlier today, the United States said it had evacuated 2,500 Americans from Kabul over the past week, senior US officials said on Saturday, adding that Washington was fighting “time and space” to evacuate the people. people from Afghanistan.
Informing Pentagon reporters, Major General William Taylor said 17,000 people had so far been evacuated, including 2,500 Americans.
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Kirby said the United States’ goal is to “get as many people out as possible as quickly as possible.”
Taylor, of the US Army Joint Chiefs of Staff, said 3,800 people had been evacuated on US military and chartered flights from Kabul airport in the past 24 hours.
A week after the militant Islamist group Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the United States desperately tries to evacuate thousands of people, including at-risk Americans and Afghans who worked with state-led forces -United during the two-decade American war in the country.
There were chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as the evacuation unfolded.
Meanwhile, Mr Biden was forced to cancel a weekend at his home in Delaware following the fallout from his handling of the crisis.
A few days earlier, he had said at a press conference that all Americans in Kabul will be able to leave.
He said, “Let me be clear. Any American who wants to come home, we’ll take you home. “Since I spoke on Monday, we have gone through an important process.
“It is one of the most important and difficult airlifts in history. And the only country in the world capable of projecting so much power across the world, with that degree of precision, is the United States of America.