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An ISIS attack at Kabul Airport killed at least 13 US servicemen and wounded 18.
Additionally, at least 90 Afghanistan civilians were killed in the attack and it is increasing, with more than 150 injured.
Two ISIS suicide bombers and additional gunmen were behind the terrorist attack at the airport’s Abbey Gate. One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water.
US President Joe Biden gave a press conference, vowing that the US would punish the Islamic State for the attack.
Biden said that he would send additional troops to aid Americans in Afghanistan if his military advisers ask — though he said that had not been initially requested.
US CENTCOM Chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said that the risk of an attack from Islamic State persists alongside other threats.
Just after the attack, gunmen opened fire. Another blast later occurred at a hotel outside the airport. ISIS claimed responsibility for it too.
Gen. Mckenzie indicated that U.S. military action in response is possible.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that one explosion was near an airport entrance and another was a short distance away by a hotel. McKenzie said clearly some failure at the airport allowed a suicide bomber to get so close to the gate.
He said that the Taliban has been screening people outside the gates, though there was no indication that the Taliban deliberately allowed the attacks to happen.
He said the U.S. has simply asked Taliban commanders to tighten security around the airport’s perimeter.
The second blast was at or near Baron Hotel, where many people, including Afghans, Britons and Americans, were told to gather in recent days before heading to the airport for evacuation.
This took place just hours after Great Britain and Australia released a warning of a possible impending terrorist attack at Kabul Airport.
Still, despite the attack and fatalities, the airlift continued. The number of evacuees fell for a second day as the terror attack and further threats kept people away.
US President Joe Biden revealed that he has ordered military commanders “to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities.”
They said the United States will respond with force and precision, when the time comes, in a place and manner of their choosing.
Still, this showed that despite the warning, in spite of all imminent and actual threats, the preparations were not sufficient, no guarantees were giving and hundreds of lives were lost.