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At Least 12 U.S. Troops Killed, 15 Wounded, Dozens Of Afghan Civilians Dead In Attacks At Kabul Airport

Kabul, AFGHANISTAN – At least 12 U.S. service members were killed and at least 15 more U.S. service members were wounded on Thursday when two suicide bombers attacked an airport gate and a hotel next door.

U.S. Army General Kenneth McKenzie, Jr., the commander of the U.S. Central Command, said during a press briefing that an unknown number of Afghan citizens were also killed and wounded in the attack.

The attack on the Kabul airport followed days of threat warnings from the United States and its allies, The Washington Post reported.

Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said the first blast took place right at the airport’s Abbey gate, and the second explosion was detonated in the Baron Hotel next door.

The general said that after the bombs exploded, ISIS gunmen opened fire on civilians and military forces nearby.

McKenzie said that some of the wounded Afghans were being treating aboard a U.S. Navy ship and the rest were being transported to local hospitals.

The service members killed on Aug. 26 marked the first U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan since February of 2020.

U.S. officials said they believed the attack was made by members of the Islamic State known as ISIS-K and members of the group have since claimed responsibility for the bombings The Washington Post reported.

Large crowds of Afghans have mobbed the airport on a daily basis in hope of being evacuated from the rapidly collapsing country by U.S.-sponsored military and civilian aircraft.

The United States had airlifted 66,000 people out of Kabul as of Wednesday, according to the general.

McKenzie said officials believed that a little more than 1,000 U.S. citizens remained in Afghanistan and said the military was working to help all who wanted to leave get out.

He said that 37,000 refugees have been evacuated from Afghanistan by U.S. allies.

But some NATO allies, including Poland and Belgium, ceased evacuation flights on Wednesday ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline established for U.S. troop withdrawal, The Washington Post reported.

Turkey also started withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan.

McKenzie said U.S. military officials have met with the Taliban and asked them to push out the security perimeter around the airport and identified additional roads that needed to be closed to avoid a vehicle-borne suicide threat.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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