12 U.S. Srvice Members Killed 15 Injured in Kabul IS Claims the Attack
The Afghan crisis took on another dramatic turn on Thursday. An attack claimed by the ISIS killed dozens of people, including 12 Americans, at Kabul airport. Evacuations of foreigners and Afghans fleeing the Taliban regime continued.
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US President Biden was scheduled to speak on Afghanistan at 5:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. in Switzerland). The United States, which expects ISIS attacks “to continue”, threatened the jihadist group with reprisals in Afghanistan after the attack carried out, it said, by two suicide bombers, followed by a shootout.
They also announced the continuation of the ongoing evacuations as time is running out as the US military handling these evacuations is expected to leave the country on August 31. The UN chief in response called for a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan, diplomats said.
The double explosion killed at least 12 American soldiers and injured 15 others, according to the Pentagon. According to the Taliban regime, the double attack would have left up to 20 dead and 52 wounded, but other sources evoke a much heavier toll.
A senior health official in the pre-Taliban government, who requested anonymity, said the death toll could reach 60 deaths, which other sources interviewed by AFP could not confirm.
American zone targeted
Thousands of Afghans had continued to crowd Thursday at the airport, despite warnings launched in recent hours by the Americans and other Western countries on a possible “terrorist attack” to come in this area.
After the explosions, videos posted on social networks showed dozens of victims, dead or injured, lying in the brackish water of a sewer canal, surrounded by overwhelmed and helpless rescuers. Westerners condemned these attacks. NATO and the EU have called for continuing evacuations from Kabul despite this “terrorist attack”.
Germany has announced that it has finished its evacuation flights, like the Netherlands and Canada. Other countries such as Great Britain and France have indicated that they are continuing their evacuations.
The new regime, via its spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, “strongly condemned” these “bombings”, while stressing that they had taken place in an area under the responsibility of the American army.
Merkel denounces an “absolutely despicable” attack
Angela Merkel denounced Thursday the “absolutely despicable” attack at Kabul airport, which killed at least 6 people, injuring dozens of others.
“The events of this afternoon show that the risk is immense and that it is a very, very tense situation to get people out of the country,” added the German Chancellor in the preamble of a speech to Berlin on the economy.
According to military sources, one of the explosions occurred near Abbey Gate, one of the three access points to the airport. “It was a huge explosion, in the middle of the crowd which was waiting in front of one of the doors of the airport”, where people enter who are being evacuated by the Westerners, declared to AFP a witness of the scene, Milad. .
“It was total panic. The Taliban then fired in the air to disperse the people who were waiting in front of the door, ”another witness told AFP, who notably saw“ a man running with an injured baby in his arms ”.
These attacks come as the pace of evacuations, which has continued to accelerate in recent days, has started to slow down since Wednesday. According to a report from the White House Thursday morning, 13,400 people have been evacuated in the past 24 hours.
On Wednesday, the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, assured that the Taliban had committed to let go of the Americans and the Afghans at risk still in the country after August 31. Germany said it was assured they could take commercial flights.
The impending end of the evacuations raises fears that many Afghans who have worked in recent years with foreigners or the deposed pro-Western government and feel threatened by the Taliban, may not all leave the country in time.
Under the name ISKP (Islamic State Khorasan Province), IS has claimed responsibility for some of the bloodiest attacks in Afghanistan in recent years, killing hundreds.
He has mostly targeted Muslims he considers heretics, especially Shiites. Even though they are two radical Sunni groups, ISIS and the Taliban are in competition and are animated by a stubborn and reciprocal hatred.
Former US President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced a tragedy that “should never have taken place” after the attack that killed twelve US soldiers near the Kabul airport.
“This tragedy should never have taken place, which makes our grief even deeper, and more difficult to understand,” lamented the Republican in a statement. He and his wife Melania Trump also send their condolences “to the families of the innocent civilians who died today in the savage attack in Kabul”, which also injured fifteen
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The Afghan crisis took on another dramatic turn on Thursday. An attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed dozens of people, including 12 Americans, at Kabul airport. Evacuations of foreigners and Afghans fleeing the Taliban regime continued.