The 170 fatalities include 32 men, three women and three children. 132 other victims are yet to be identified. More than 200 people were also wounded as a result of the attack.
ISIS-Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP) has claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement shared by the Amaq news agency, the group alleged that the deadly attack was carried out by a single suicide bomber called “Abd al-Rahman al-Logari.”
According to the Pentagon, 13 US service members, including 10 Marines, were killed and 18 others were wounded as a result of the attack. It was the deadliest attack on US forces in Afghanistan in a decade.
A source in the Taliban, the de-facto ruler of Afghanistan, told Reuters that at least 28 fighters of the group were among those killed in the attack.
In a speech from the White House, President Joe Biden vowed retribution for the “complex attack” on US forces in Kabul.
“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down, and make you pay,” Biden said.
US evacuation operations in Kabul airport are still ongoing. Nevertheless, as the Taliban tightens security measures in Kabul, reaching the airport is getting harder and harder for US citizens and Afghan collaborators.
Late on August 25, an all-volunteer group of American veterans of the Afghan war launched a final daring mission dubbed the “Pineapple Express” to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety.
According to the ABC News, the group has brought as many as 500 Afghan special operators, assets and enablers and their families into Kabul Airport by August 26.
The Kabul airport suicide bombing led to much criticism against President Biden. It is unclear how a single suicide bomber of ISIS-KP managed to inflict as much harm on his own. The US, the UK and Australia all issued warning ahead of the attack. Yet, no measures whatsoever were taken.
This raises some serious questions about how evacuation operations are being led and if anyone played a direct or an indirect rule in the attack to pressure President Biden.
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