“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden vowed, following the Suicide Bombing at the Kabul Airport.
U.S. officials initially stated that 11 Marines and one Navy medic have died. Another service member was pronounced dead hours later. 18 service members were wounded. 169 Afghans were reported killed in the attack. ISIS-K, or “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province” have claimed responsibility for the hideous attack. It was also reported that Taliban members were injured in the attack, however they have denied this.
“The latest number of injured is now 18, all of whom are in the process of being aeromedically evacuated from Afghanistan on specially equipped C-17s with embarked surgical units,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command.
The fallen heroes were returned home, on August 27th, on a military transport plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“It was a huge explosion among the crowd of people who were waiting at the gate. A lot of people are killed or wounded,” he added.
One of the bombers detonated with people standing in knee-deep water, from a sewage canal, in an attempt to get to the airport.
“Bodies, flesh and people were thrown into a canal nearby,” Milad, who was at the scene of the first blast, told AFP.
“These are dead bodies laying here,” a person off-camera said. One man held a semi-conscious victim, trying to prevent him from drowning in the canal’s water.
“When people heard the explosion there was total panic. The Taliban then started firing in the air to disperse the crowd at the gate,” a second witness said. “I saw a man rushing with an injured baby in his hands.”
He had applied for a visa to the United States, but in the confusion dropped the documents he hoped would help him board a flight with his wife and three children.
“I will never, ever want to go (to the airport) again. Death to America, its evacuation and visas.” he horrifyingly stated.
The footage below taken just hours before the attack show how packed the crowd at the Kabul Airport was, giving opportunity for psychotic extremist groups to execute their mass-murder acts.
The Taliban—who have previously suicide-bombed the Kabul airport—were in charge of screening people at the gate, according the AP News, and are stated to have not known about the attack. Whether this is true remains to be determined.
Could this be the start of Afghanistan’s animosity and distaste for America? Will potential threats to America—like this heinous attack at the airport in Kabul—be “permitted” or “overlooked” by the Taliban? Now that the Taliban are equipped with US weapons, technology, and aircraft, thanks to the Biden Administration—could they allow al-Qaida members to operate and execute a potential attack on America?
To avoid issues with al-Qaida or other potential terrorist threats, does that mean America must recognize the Taliban as an official government of Afghanistan? That family members of the victims from the September 11th massacre, must further humanize the same group that allowed al-Qaida to carry out the attacks?
America can only watch to await the response of our U.S. President, to see whether our country decides to befriend this violent group of extremists who wish harm to our country, or take measures of retaliation upon them, as he publicly stated. The Biden Administration’s first strategy: “avoid the situation” seems to have failed miserably.