By: Elliott Garske
An explosion rocked the Kabul National Airport last Thursday, which killed 13 U.S. troops, and at least 60 Afghan civilians.
The explosion came as troops were evacuating Afghan civilians to get them out of the country, when a supposed suicide bomber detonated 2 bombs at the Abbey Gate and the nearby Baron Hotel. The Abbey Gate had been the main entrance to the airport and was also where most security was situated. The Baron Hotel had been where British troops had set up an evacuation center to help refugees before sending them to Abbey Gate.
Among the 13 U.S. troops killed, there was an additional 18 wounded, and a staggering 180 Afghan civilians injured as well. Bystanders at the scene reported seeing injured people being carried off in wheelbarrows amid chaotic scenes of confusion with piles of bodies on the ground.
President Joe Biden issued a statement from the White House in which he called the soldiers who died heroes, and that he was “outraged as well as heartbroken”. He then went on to say that, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
The attack was claimed to have been perpetrated by a member of ISIS-K, an Isis terror cell within Khorasan. Although they have been the only group to claim responsibility, they have provided little evidence to back up their claims, so it’s possible they are claiming the work of a third party.