: Biden to speak on Afghanistan as U.S. says 12 service members killed in Kabul blasts


President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak on Afghanistan late Thursday as the U.S. said 12 service members were among those killed in an attack outside the Kabul airport.

Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said the group ISIS-K was responsible for the airport attack, in which scores of Afghan civilians also died. The evacuation from Afghanistan will continue, McKenzie told a Pentagon briefing.

Biden earlier Thursday delayed by a day his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as he met with his national security team on Afghanistan. The president is due to speak at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Read: At least 12 U.S. service members killed by suicide bombers and gunmen outside Kabul airport: U.S. officials

The daily White House press briefing was delayed until after Biden speaks, and a separate meeting with U.S. state governors was canceled.

As MarketWatch has reported, global financial markets

have been largely unmoved by developments in Afghanistan. The chaotic U.S. exit from the country, however, is heightening underlying geopolitical risks, and, according to some analysts, potentially clouding the outlook for Biden’s legislative agenda.

Read: Investors ignore Afghanistan, but risk levels are on the rise

Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. is on track to finish its military involvement in Afghanistan by his Aug. 31 deadline. But he said he’d spoken with military leaders in case of a need to adjust the timetable, “should that become necessary.”

Biden and Bennett will meet Friday, the White House said.

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