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British and Canadian soldiers stand guard near a canal as Afghans wait outside the foreign military-controlled part of Kabul's airport late Sunday. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

An Afghan guard was killed and three others wounded in a "firefight" with "unknown attackers" at Kabul's airport — which also involved German and U.S. security forces, Germany's military said Monday.

The latest: Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said later Monday that the U.S. could not yet determine which group was responsible for the attack.

Of note: The incident happened as thousands of Afghans and foreigners seeking to leave Afghanistan were at the airport's north gate, per Reuters.

  • The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan issued an alert Saturday, warning Americans against going to Kabul's airport "because of potential security threats."

The big picture: There have been chaotic scenes at the airport since the Taliban took control of Kabul on Aug. 15, with several people losing their lives as they tried to flee Afghanistan. Taliban fighters "beat back crowds" at the airport Sunday, Reuters noted.

  • President Biden has sought to step up evacuation efforts and said Sunday that this could be extended beyond the Aug. 31 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline.

What they're saying: Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters in Singapore on Monday that getting American citizens and Afghan allies safely out of Afghanistan was the Biden administration's "singular focus at this time."

What to watch: Biden was due to attend a virtual G7 leaders' meeting Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan.

  • The Biden administration did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombing in southern Afghanistan

The mosque after the explosion in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 15. Photo: Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a massive blast that tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens more, AP reports.

Why it matters: Friday's attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its troops from the region and is the second major attack on a Shiite mosque in a week, underscoring the Taliban's growing security threat from other militant groups.

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GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders

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Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, told me during an "Axios on HBO" interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.

Why it matters: Wisdom comes with age. But science also shows that we lose something. And much of the world is now run by old people — including President Biden, 78 ... Speaker Pelosi, 81 ...  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 70 ... and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 79.

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Intel CEO blames predecessors for manufacturing woes

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When it comes to Intel's recent manufacturing problems, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger places the blame squarely on his predecessors — many of whom he notes were not engineers deeply steeped in chip technology, as he is.

Why it matters: Gelsinger has announced a broad plan to reinvigorate Intel by doubling down on manufacturing. However, the strategy depends on the venerable semiconductor giant recovering from recent stumbles.