The US president announced that the situation remains very dangerous after last Thursday's attack. But then, more than 100 people died, including 13 American soldiers.
"The situation at the scene remains extremely dangerous, and the threat of a terrorist attack at the airport remains high," the US president wrote in a statement after meeting with his military and security advisers. "Our commanders informed me that there was a possibility of an attack in the next 24 to 36 hours," he added.
As confirmed by the Pentagon, the remains of 13 US soldiers killed in a suicide attack carried out last Thursday by the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group, known as ISIS-K, are already in flight to the United States. His trip marks a painful moment in a nearly 20-year American war that cost more than 2,400 American military lives and is ending with the return to power of a Taliban movement that was toppled when American forces invaded in October 2001.
The president made these statements after meeting with his national security team, made up of generals and members of his government. He explained that he had asked senior military officials in Afghanistan to take "all necessary measures" to protect the soldiers as they continue their mission to evacuate US citizens and Afghan collaborators before the final withdrawal, set for August 31. So, He promised that the US would continue its evacuation mission despite the "treacherous" situation in Afghanistan.
The 13 service members we lost were the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our highest American ideology and in saving the lives of others. Their courage and self-denial have allowed more than 117,000 people in distress to be safe so far. May God protects our troops and all those who stand guard in these dangerous days, "the US president said in the statement.
This Saturday, the Pentagon released the names of the 13 dead: 11 Marines, a Navy sailor, and an Army soldier. Twelve of them were 20 years old; some were born in 2001 when America's longest war began. The oldest was 31 years old. The 13 victims are the first American service members killed in Afghanistan since February 2020, when the Trump administration struck a deal with the Taliban. The militant group halted attacks on Americans until May 2021 in exchange for a US settlement to withdraw all troops and contractors.
According to the information available so far, and ISIS-K suicide bomber detonated the explosives at the gate of the Kabul airport, where US troops were searching evacuees who were rushing to leave the country. At least 18 other soldiers were injured in the attack, killing at least 170 people and 13 US service members. The attack was the deadliest against US forces in Afghanistan since August 2011, when militants shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 US soldiers on board.
CIn retaliation, the United States last night carried out a drone strike in Afghanistan. It killed two "high-profile" militants of the Islamic State. A senior U.S. military official, Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, described the dead as