Early Thursday, two bombs went off exterior the gates of Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport in Kabul. The Pentagon has now issued a statement confirming that one in every of these bombs resulted within the deaths of “various U.S. service members.” Different members of the U.S. army are being handled for accidents. Although the Pentagon didn’t cite an actual quantity, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 4 Marines had been killed, together with not less than 13 Afghans and others who had been gathered exterior ready to enter the airport. Taliban sources are additionally claiming that a number of the Taliban fighters close to the airport have additionally been killed. Causalities surrounding a second bombing, which happened a few block away, are unknown.
Credit score for the assault has been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan Province, also called ISIS-Okay or ISIL in Afghanistan. CNN is now reporting that intelligence connecting ISIS-Okay to the explosions is “agency.”
This assault has brought on not less than a short lived halt in what has been a extremely profitable evacuation effort during which over 100,000 folks have been airlifted from Kabul to staging areas world wide. The tempo of that operation had been growing by the day, however experiences now point out that the airport gates are shut, and whereas planes have continued to come back out and in, even after the bombing, it’s unclear when or how the evacuation course of will resume. About 1,500 Individuals are thought to nonetheless be residents in Afghanistan, together with a number of thousand Afghans who assisted U.S. forces in the course of the two-decade battle.
Till Thursday’s explosion, the evacuation from Afghanistan had been outstanding for the way it had proceeded with no U.S. casualties.