The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed an explosion at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where Western forces are rushing to evacuate as many of us as possible.
It’s now been confirmed around 60 Afghans were killed in the explosion along with 12 U.S service members along with 12 being wounded and we are also now able to confirm these explosions were conducted from suicide bombers from the terrorist group calling themselves ISIS-K. We there they were trying to enter the airport. It is not confirmed if the crowd was the main target or the planes or U.S military instead.
A White House official has stated that President Joe Biden was briefed on the blast.
The latest revelation comes hours after the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan issued a security alert urging Americans to avoid traveling to Kabul airport.
“U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the alert said.
In the last 24 hours, Western forces evacuated 13,400 people out of Kabul on 91 military cargo aircraft flights. Since the mass evacuations began on Aug. 14, approximately 95,700 people are airlifted out of Afghanistan. About 101,300 people are evacuated since the top of July, including about 4,500 U.S. citizens and their families.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday reiterated to leaders of the G-7, NATO, world organisation and international organization that the u. s. will withdraw its military from Afghanistan by the tip of the month.
The president warned that staying longer in Afghanistan carries serious risks for foreign troops and civilians. Biden said that ISIS-K, an Afghanistan-based affiliate of the fear group, presents a growing threat to the airport.
“Every day we’re on the bottom is another day we all know that ISIS-K is seeking to focus on the airport and attack both U.S. and allied forces and innocent civilians,” he said.
The Taliban said earlier Tuesday that the group will now not allow Afghan nationals to depart the country on evacuation flights nor will they accept an extension of the withdrawal deadline beyond the tip of the month.
“We aren’t in favor of allowing Afghans to go away,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters during a group discussion on Tuesday.
“They [the Americans] have the opportunity, they have all the resources, they can take all the people that belong to them, but we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline,” he said. Evacuations carried out by foreign forces after Aug. 31 would be a “violation” of a Biden administration promise to end the U.S. military’s mission in the country, Mujahid said.