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12 US Military Officers Have Been Killed In Bomb Blast At The Kabul Airport, Afghanistan

12 US Military Officers Have Been Killed In Bomb Blast At The Kabul Airport, Afghanistan

12 US Military Officers Have Been Killed In Bomb Blast At The Kabul Airport, Afghanistan

After two suicide bomb strikes on Kabul airport, US officials reported the deaths of 12 US military members.

At a news conference on Thursday afternoon, the Pentagon announced that a series of explosions in Kabul killed 11 US Marines and one Navy doctor who were assisting in the evacuation of US forces and Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport. A total of 15 other US servicemen were hurt.

US Central Command’s Gen Kenneth McKenzie said his “working assumption” was that the incident happened as a suicide bomber attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the airport gates.

During a national speech, President Joe Biden stated, “The situation on the ground is still unfolding, and I’m continuously being updated.”

The president said, “We’re indignant as well as heartbroken.” “The lives we lost today were life given in the name of liberty, security, and others.”

“We will not forgive, we will not forget,” Mr. Biden declared, addressing the perpetrators of Thursday’s attack.

According to a Taliban spokesperson, the blast killed some of the group’s militants who had been operating as a de facto security force in the districts surrounding the airport as a result of the group’s control of Kabul. According to a Pentagon news conference, US officials believe the attack was carried out by members of Isis-k, the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate firmly condemns the bombing of civilians at Kabul airport,” stated a Taliban official, adding that “the Islamic Emirate is paying great attention to the security and protection of its people, and wicked circles will be strictly stopped.”

At the news conference, Gen McKenzie stated that if the culprits of the strike could be found, the US would retaliate.

“If we can find out who is involved in this, we will pursue them,” he stated.

In order for Afghans requesting evacuation to obtain thorough security checks, “Americans must be in danger,” he said, adding that US forces would endeavor to strengthen their security processes.

After a double blast in Kabul, injured people were brought to hospitals in cabs.

After two alleged suicide bomb strikes on Kabul airport, US officials reported the deaths of 12 US military members.

At a news conference on Thursday afternoon, the Pentagon announced that a series of explosions in Kabul killed 11 US Marines and one Navy doctor who were assisting in the evacuation of US forces and Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport. A total of 15 other US servicemen were hurt.

US Central Command’s Gen Kenneth McKenzie said his “working assumption” was that the incident happened as a suicide bomber attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the airport gates.

Afghanistan live news: After US service personnel were killed, ISIS claimed credit for the Kabul airport attack.

During a national speech, President Joe Biden stated, “The situation on the ground is still unfolding, and I’m continuously being updated.”

The president said, “We’re indignant as well as heartbroken.” “The lives we lost today were life given in the name of liberty, security, and others.”

“We will not forgive, we will not forget,” Mr. Biden declared, addressing the perpetrators of Thursday’s attack.

According to a Taliban spokesperson, the blast killed some of the group’s militants who had been operating as a de facto security force in the districts surrounding the airport as a result of the group’s control of Kabul. According to a Pentagon news conference, US officials believe the attack was carried out by members of Isis-k, the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate firmly condemns the bombing of civilians at Kabul airport,” stated a Taliban official, adding that “the Islamic Emirate is paying great attention to the security and protection of its people, and wicked circles will be strictly stopped.”

At the news conference, Gen McKenzie stated that if the culprits of the strike could be found, the US would retaliate.

“If we can find out who is involved in this, we will pursue them,” he stated.

In order for Afghans requesting evacuation to obtain thorough security checks, “Americans must be in danger,” he said, adding that US forces would endeavor to strengthen their security processes.

Through its Amaq News Agency, Isis-k claimed credit for the attack.

The first blast occurred among a gathering of people waiting to enter the airport, according to Adam Khan, an Afghan waiting outside the airport. Khan, who was around 30 yards away, reported that several people appeared to have been murdered or injured, with others losing body parts.

“It was like Armageddon, injured people everywhere,” said a former UK military interpreter who was waiting for an evacuation flight with his wife and two small children.

Some people were dead on arrival, according to Emergency, a volunteer group that conducts war surgery centers and first aid sites across Afghanistan. “All mass casualty protocols have been activated,” it said.

In an interview with Fox News, another witness to the explosion detailed the awful scene.

The man, who was named by the network as an Afghan national and special immigrant visa (SIV) candidate who had previously worked with US forces in the country, stated, “A number of people got harmed inside the crowd.”

“I had a baby girl, who was five years old at the time. He went on to say, ‘She died right in my palm,’ indicating that the infant belonged to another person. “I made an effort to assist her.”

Since the Taliban took control of the country earlier this month, tens of thousands of Afghans have camped outside the airport for days, attempting to flee the country.

Following initial reports of the blasts, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the first to announce the deaths around noon eastern US time on Thursday.

Mr. Johnson told reporters that he could “confirm” that a “barbaric terrorist incident” had taken place in Kabul, and that “members of the US military had unfortunately lost their lives.”

The prime minister also stated that the UK would continue to evacuate, while Military Times reported that US Marines were welding certain airport gates shut to prevent arrival. According to US Central Command and the Pentagon, the US is also continuing its evacuations.

“We are continuing the mission notwithstanding this attack,” added Gen McKenzie.

“Today is a difficult day…the thing that keeps coming back to me is the extraordinary professionalism on the ground,” he continued.

According to the Military Times, one of the explosions occurred in an active wastewater canal where Afghans were lining up in waist-deep water to approach the airport. Another occurred near the Baron hotel, where UK forces are performing security checks on civilians requesting evacuation, however, no UK service members were hurt, according to a senior British official.

The final evacuees who have been accepted for flight to the UK, as well as a few who are still awaiting security checks at the Baron hotel, are scheduled to be flown out of Afghanistan by the end of Friday, with British officials, diplomats, and troops departing by the end of the weekend.

The explosions, one of which exploded near the hotel, injured none of those being processed at the Baron under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP). There were no injuries or losses among British troops or officials.

According to a senior British source, it is now “very improbable” that any more civilians will be admitted to the airport to request RAF evacuation planes.

Mr. Johnson was briefed on whether the pullout should be hurried in response to the attack at this evening’s Cobr meeting, but he judged that this was not essential because the mission was already nearing completion and was being completed as fast and efficiently as possible.

In the aftermath of the incident, Mr. Biden, who was supposed to meet with Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, on Thursday, cleared his calendar and huddled with his team in the Situation Room.

The news of the explosion shocked US legislators. As the evacuations occurred, several Republicans seized the incident to magnify their condemnation of the Biden administration, which had been building for days.

“This is the nightmare we anticipated, which is why the military, intelligence, and congressional officials from both parties have been begging the President to stand up to the Taliban and push the airport perimeter out for weeks,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, a moderate Republican.

He went on to claim that Mr. Biden now had to choose between extending the August 31 deadline for withdrawing US forces and “leaving our people behind in your departure.”

“This is heartbreaking and heartbreaking to witness. Our marines were fulfilling the crucial task of evacuating Americans with bravery. While the effort is commendable, [Mr. Biden] must ensure that all precautions are taken to protect and support those who are evacuating and assisting them. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia added, “I have been very disappointed with the conduct of this administration thus far.”

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