A dozen US navy personnel have been killed when two Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) suicide bombers mounted assaults on Kabul airport on Thursday, head of the US Central Command Normal Kenneth McKenzie has confirmed.
An extra 15 US troops have been injured. A gunfight erupted after the blasts, McKenzie mentioned, including that the incidents wouldn’t deter the US from persevering with its evacuation mission. That operation is about to finish with the August 31 deadline for full US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Whereas IS is anticipated to aim additional assaults, the present US focus, the final continued, was to verify one other assault doesn’t occur.
US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin later issued an announcement expressing his “deepest condolences to the family members and teammates of all these killed” within the assault. “Terrorists took their lives on the very second these troops have been making an attempt to save lots of the lives of others… However we won’t be dissuaded from the duty at hand,” he added.
On behalf of the women and men of the @deptofdefense, I categorical my deepest condolences to the family members and teammates of all these killed and wounded in Kabul at present. Full assertion beneath: pic.twitter.com/GqwuJBKAAF
— Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) August 26, 2021
The casualties resulted from a “complicated assault” that additionally killed a lot of Afghan civilians, based on the Pentagon. The explosions – believed to have resulted from one suicide bombing on the Abbey Gate and one car bomb close to the Baron Resort – left a complete of 13 folks lifeless, a Taliban spokesperson has confirmed. Native well being officers put the toll nearer to 60 lifeless and 140 injured.
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Many US allies had both already ended their evacuation efforts earlier than Thursday’s explosions, citing advance intelligence a couple of terrorist assault, or have introduced Thursday because the final probability to exit. Denmark and Canada are now not flying evacuation missions; Poland and the Netherlands have stopped flying for the reason that assault, whereas Italy stopped Thursday evening, and France introduced a Friday deadline. The UK and US, nonetheless, are persevering with their flights as hundreds try and pile on the quickly dwindling variety of obtainable planes.
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