WASHINGTON — A thirteenth U.S. service member has died from his wounds and the assortment 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 airplane with surgical items, a spokesperson for U.S. Central Sing acknowledged Thursday evening.
U.S. Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Sing, acknowledged in a briefing earlier Thursday that a assortment of Afghan civilians had been also killed, but he used to be now not ready to provide a sincere number.
The explosions took disclose near the airport’s Abbey Gate and the Baron Hotel straight adjacent, McKenzie acknowledged. Several gunmen opened fire on civilians and armed forces forces after the explosion at Abbey Gate, he acknowledged.
The frequent, who oversees the U.S. armed forces’s operations in the region, acknowledged that the Pentagon is working to determine attribution for the attack but added that the fresh evaluate is that the bombers are affiliated with ISIS.
ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.
McKenzie acknowledged that the U.S. is calm monitoring “extremely packed with life threats” to the airport that vary from suicide bombers to rocket attacks. McKenzie acknowledged that despite the attack, the U.S. emergency evacuation mission continues.
Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin expressed his condolences in a assertion Thursday and condemned the attack that “took their lives at the very moment these troops had been trying to connect the lives of others.”
“We is per chance now not dissuaded from the job at hand. To waste anything much less — critically now — would dishonor the reason and sacrifice these men and ladies folks luxuriate in rendered our nation and the other americans of Afghanistan,” Austin added.
About 5,400 U.S. service members are assisting with evacuation efforts in Kabul. The British luxuriate in about 1,000 troops assisting with the evacuation. Britain’s Ministry of Protection acknowledged there had been no reported casualties amongst its government and armed forces personnel in Kabul after the attack.
President Joe Biden addressed the nation on the attacks Thursday evening.
“The president met with his national security team Thursday morning, including Austin, Secretary of Mumble Antony Blinken, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers U.S. Military Gen. Mark Milley as smartly as commanders on the ground in Kabul,” the White Dwelling acknowledged in a assertion.
“He’ll continue to be briefed on updates on the evolving misfortune during the day,” the assertion added.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul had issued a security alert Wednesday urging Americans to manual sure of the airport. “U.S. voters who’re at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should always calm scamper away straight,” the alert acknowledged.
The embassy again instructed Americans after the attack Thursday now to not toddle to the airport and to manual sure of its gates.
In the final 24 hours, Western forces evacuated 13,400 other americans out of Kabul on 91 armed forces cargo airplane flights. Since the mass evacuations started Aug. 14, roughly 95,700 other americans luxuriate in been airlifted out of Afghanistan.
About 101,300 other americans luxuriate in been evacuated since the finish of July, including about 5,000 U.S. voters and their families.
Warning: Graphic insist. Volunteers and scientific workers unload bodies from a pickup truck exterior a scientific institution after two highly effective explosions, which killed a minimum of six other americans, exterior the airport in Kabul on August 26, 2021.
Wakil Kohsar | AFP | Getty Pictures
A Mumble Department spokesperson acknowledged Thursday that about 500 of the 1,500 Americans believed to be calm in Afghanistan luxuriate in been evacuated.
“We are now in contact with the roughly 1,000 Americans we think remain in Afghanistan. And, the enormous majority — over two-thirds — informed us that they had been taking steps to leave,” the spokesperson added.
Biden on Tuesday reiterated to leaders of the G-7, NATO, United Countries and European Union that the United States will withdraw its armed forces from Afghanistan by the finish of the month.
The president warned that staying longer in Afghanistan carries severe dangers for international troops and civilians. Biden acknowledged ISIS-K, an Afghanistan-primarily based affiliate of the phobia neighborhood, items a growing threat to the airport.
“Every single day we’re on the ground is one other day everybody is aware of that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack each U.S. and allied forces and innocent civilians,” he acknowledged.
The Taliban acknowledged earlier Tuesday that the neighborhood will now now not allow Afghan nationals to leave the nation on evacuation flights nor will they accept an extension of the withdrawal deadline beyond the finish of the month.
“We’re now not in pick on of allowing Afghans to leave,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid instructed newshounds during a news convention Tuesday.
“They [the Americans] luxuriate in the different, they’ve the entire resources, they’ll snatch the entire those that belong to them, but we’re now not going to permit Afghans to leave and we are in a position to’t prolong the deadline,” he acknowledged. Evacuations done by international forces after Aug. 31 would be a “violation” of a Biden administration promise to finish the U.S. armed forces’s mission in the nation, Mujahid acknowledged.
— CNBC’s Spencer Kimball contributed to this insist from Recent York.