President Biden now has the blood of 11 Marines and a Navy medic on his hands as well as dozens of civilians desperately trying to get out of Afghanistan before August 31.
UPDATE: The death toll was updated to 13 Servicemembers killed after this article was published.
US official says that number has now increased to 13 US troops killed.
— Idrees Ali (@idreesali114) August 26, 2021
U.S. and British intelligence had warned civilians about possible terror attacks late on Wednesday.
ISIS followed through with several suicide bombings on Thursday. Two bombs went off outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport where thousands of people have gathered to try to leave the country as the Taliban takes over.
One bomb went off at the Abbey Gate on the south side of the airport, and another at the Baron Hotel next to the airport.
There had not been a death of a U.S. servicemember since February 2020.
The White House was silent for hours.
Fox News reported earlier today:
At the time of writing, more bombs were being reported.
The US is vowing to continue its Afghanistan evacuation mission despite ISIS suicide bombers killing 12 troops on Thursday, and amid ‘active’ additional threats of further attacks but President Biden is yet to address the attacks, leaving it up to the commanding general on the ground in Kabul to brief the world’s media on Thursday.
Two suicide attacks at Kabul airport on Thursday killed 11 Marines and one Navy medic along with dozens of Afghans. The first bomber was wearing a vest and was being searched by troops when he detonated. The second was a car bomb attack.
It’s unclear how the suicide bomber in the vest got through Taliban checkpoints and close enough to the Marines t kill them.
President Biden has still not commented on the deaths, the first American lives lost since his disastrous evacuation effort started on August 14, but on Thursday General Kenneth F. McKenzie, the commander on the ground, spoke to reporters.
Source: Daily Mail
The Brits were also reporting on the devastating attacks with some horrifying images:
Gen. McKenzie of U.S. Central Command gave a briefing and confirmed the deaths of U.S. troops.
BREAKING: Gen. McKenzie says ‘ISIS fighters’ detonated 2 suicide bombs at Kabul airport & Baron Hotel.
The attack was followed by “ISIS gunmen who opened fire on civilians and military forces. At this time, we know that 12 US servicemembers have been killed in the attack.” pic.twitter.com/pNtaF8xf22
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 26, 2021
During the presser, Gen. McKenzie says that the United States is “working with the Taliban.” It’s rather jarring to hear.
CENTCOM CDR General McKenzie: US is working w Taliban & have “common purpose.” They’ve been “useful to work with; they’ve cut some of our security concerns down.” Flag leadership. Resign. @secdef @thejointstaff Resign. @RobManess @KurtSchlichter @kristina_wong @T_S_P_O_O_K_Y pic.twitter.com/Xe4maYNooC
— NoVA Campaigns (@NoVA_Campaigns) August 27, 2021
It’s bizarre listening to the commander of CENTCOM say we are relying on the Taliban to protect us and we are sharing intelligence with them.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 26, 2021
Four US Marines killed, half a dozen severely wounded in the Kabul terror attack.
Biden has blood on his hands.
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) August 26, 2021
Early pictures from Afghanistan show smoke rising from an area near Kabul airport after bomb attacks
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 26, 2021
#BREAKING Another huge blast heard in Kabul: AFP staff
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 26, 2021
— Habib Khan (@HabibKhanT) August 26, 2021
POLITICO is reporting that U.S. officials in Kabul essentially gave the Taliban a “kill list” of Americans and Afghan allies.
U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport, a choice that’s prompted outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials.
The move, detailed to POLITICO by three U.S. and congressional officials, was designed to expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan as chaos erupted in Afghanistan’s capital city last week after the Taliban seized control of the country. It also came as the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security outside the airport.
This is the same kind of thinking that had Biden give Putin a list of things that shouldn’t be hacked at the G7.
The United States of America was relying on the Taliban to secure checkpoints.
“It’s like Biden is in a fugue state. Paralyzed. Totally MIA over rapid changing news” – per WH official
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) August 26, 2021
POTUS 45 issued a statement on the loss of a dozen U.S. Servicemen before the sitting President said a word.
“Melania and I send our deepest condolences to the families of our brilliant and brave Service Members whose duty to the U.S.A. meant so much to them. Our thoughts are also with the families of the innocent civilians who died today in the savage Kabul attack,” it said.
“This tragedy should never have been allowed to happen, which makes our grief even deeper and more difficult to understand,” read the statement. It ended, “May God Bless the U.S.A.”
The current President of the United States was silent all day, as was the White House Press Secretary.
The President has blood on his hands.