We will not be dissuaded from the task at hand. To do anything less — especially now — would dishonor the purpose and sacrifice these men and women have rendered our country and the people of Afghanistan. — Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
We will not be dissuaded from the task at hand. To do anything less — especially now — would dishonor the purpose and sacrifice these men and women have rendered our country and the people of Afghanistan. — Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
13 U.S. service members killed, 18 wounded in attack near Kabul airport, Pentagon says
  • The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed that 13 U.S. service members have been killed and 18 wounded after two suicide bombers detonated explosives near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.
  • U.S. Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said that a number of Afghan civilians were also killed, but he was not able to provide a precise number.
  • He said the U.S. is still monitoring “extremely active threats” to the airport that range from suicide bombers to rocket attacks.
  • The terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.
A thirteenth U.S. service member has died from his wounds and the number of injured has risen to 18 after two suicide bombers detonated explosives near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.

The injured service members are being evacuated from Afghanistan on specially equipped C-17 aircraft with surgical units, a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command said Thursday evening.

U.S. Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said in a briefing earlier Thursday that a number of Afghan civilians were also killed, but he was not able to provide a precise number.

The explosions took place near the airport’s Abbey Gate and the Baron Hotel immediately adjacent, McKenzie said. Several gunmen opened fire on civilians and military forces after the explosion at Abbey Gate, he said.

The general, who oversees the U.S. military’s operations in the region, said that the Pentagon is working to determine attribution for the attack but added that the current assessment is that the bombers are affiliated with ISIS.

ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

McKenzie said that the U.S. is still monitoring “extremely active threats” to the airport that range from suicide bombers to rocket attacks. McKenzie said that despite the attack, the U.S. emergency evacuation mission continues.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin expressed his condolences in a statement Thursday and condemned the attack that “took their lives at the very moment these troops were trying to save the lives of others.”

“We will not be dissuaded from the task at hand. To do anything less — especially now — would dishonor the purpose and sacrifice these men and women have rendered our country and the people of Afghanistan,” Austin added.
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