ISIS claims responsibility for deadly blasts outside Kabul airport

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly blasts outside Kabul airport
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan’s capital, according to the terrorist group’s propaganda outlet.

In a statement claiming responsibility, IS allegedly accused the Taliban of working “in partnership” with the US military to protect and evacuate “spies” from Afghanistan. 

IS identified the suicide bomber that attacked Abbey Gate at the airport and left dozens wounded and dead, boasting about “penetrating” security measures set up outside the airport by the “US military and Taliban militia.”

ALSO ON RT.COMHere’s what we know about ISIS-K, the splinter jihadist group, which Biden warned was ‘seeking to target’ Kabul airportUS Marine Corps General Kenneth Franklin McKenzie Jr., currently serving as commander of the US Central Command, previously placed blame on IS for the attack at the airport, as well as another close-by bombing at the Baron hotel during a Thursday press briefing where he totaled American service members loss at 12. Another 15 were wounded in the blast, and the general admitted the bomber would have needed to get through other checkpoints before being checked by US military soldiers.

The total number of victims has yet to be confirmed, with local health officials telling reporters that at least 60 died in Thursday’s blasts, while the Taliban initially said that 13 were killed outside the airport.

Taliban Secures World’s Largest Lithium Deposits After US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

It’s been more than a decade since we penned The US “Discovers” Nearly $1 Trillion In Mineral Deposits In Afghanistan” in which we highlighted the colossal untapped mineral deposits that reside in Afghanistan. 

President Joe Biden’s decision to rapidly and completely withdraw from Afghanistan makes even less strategic sense if readers go back to our 2010 post where we quoted “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: Part 2, the 21st Century paradigm”? Which said, 

“Yet the American officials also recognize that the mineral discoveries will almost certainly have a double-edged impact. Instead of bringing peace, the newfound mineral wealth could lead the Taliban to battle even more fiercely to regain control of the country.”

We continued: 

“Which is why it will be best to have the US military not only stay in Afghanistan indefinitely but to get a million man reinforcement surge.”

Readers have known for a while Afghanistan was never about the opium trade or the war on terror but rather the massive deposit of minerals essential for renewable energies. 

So in the Economic Hit Man context, why would the Biden administration suddenly pull out of Afghanistan after 20 years if the play all along was about securing rare earth metals? 

We don’t want to speculate the Biden administration’s intentions, nor do we have any idea. Still, one thing is sure is that the Taliban now control the world’s largest lithium deposits is becoming friendly with China. 

Conservative media outlet Free West Media says new relations between the Taliban and China could increase its global dominance in green energies, such as the lithium-ion battery supply chain market. 

Unbeknownst to many, the blog points China and Afghanistan share a 130-mile stretch border. For more on this, here’s Free West Media’s latest piece titled “Taliban now control one of the world’s largest lithium deposits.” 

A Bloomberg New Energy Finance Limited report in 2020 highlighted China’s global dominance in the lithium-ion battery supply chain market, due to its grip on raw material mining and refining. In 2019, the US imported 80 percent of its rare earth minerals from China, while the EU states imported 98 percent of these materials from China.

China incidentally also shares a small border with Afghanistan called the Wakhan Corridor – 210km long. While the length of the border may appear insignificant, its location is crucial. Afghanistan is believed to have large deposits of gold, iron, copper, zinc, lithium and other rare-earth metals, valued at over $1 trillion. “Afghanistan may hold 60 million metric tons of copper, 2,2 billion tons of iron ore, 1,4 million tons of rare earth elements (REEs) such as lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, and veins of aluminium, gold, silver, zinc, mercury…” according to a 2020 report in The Diplomat.

But the Wakhan Corridor has been used by Islamic Uighur militants opposed to Chinese rule in Xinjiang. Chinese officials meeting with the newly installed Taliban are certainly aware of the risk that radical Islamists pose: “We hope the Afghan Taliban will make a clean break with all terrorist organisations including ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Movement) and resolutely and effectively combat them to remove obstacles, play a positive role and create enabling conditions for security, stability, development and cooperation in the region,” said a high-ranking Chinese official.

Why is this important?

Global demand for lithium is projected to increase 40-fold by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency, along with rare earth elements, copper, cobalt, and other minerals also abundant in Afghanistan. And these minerals happen to be concentrated in only a small number of pockets around the world.

The Bolivian Andes may contain 70 percent of the planet’s lithium, and many analysts argue that extracting lithium from brine as in Bolivia is more environmentally friendly than extracting it from rock.

Interestingly, metallic lithium and its complex hydrides are used as high-energy additives to rocket propellants, thermonuclear weapons, or even as a solid fuel.

In 2010, the US Department of Defense called Afghanistan “Saudi Arabia of lithium” after American geologists then discovered that the country’s deposits amounted to at least a trillion dollars. Lithium is an essential ingredient to produce long-lasting batteries used in electric cars in particular. The battery of a Tesla Model S, for example, has about 12 kilograms of lithium in it.

Ten years later, these metals have not yet been extracted. The Taliban is unlikely to sell the metal to Americans, and the United States views China, the world’s largest lithium producer, as its main rival. And the US wants at least 40 percent of its cars to be electric by 2030. Thus the previous US-led government in Kabul had hoped that the promise of mineral wealth would entice President Trump into making a commitment to stay in the country.

“Afghanistan can be an appropriate place for US industry, and specifically the mining sector, to look at opportunities for investment,” Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, the former chief adviser to Afghan President on infrastructure, human capital, and technology, once opined.

But Tom Benson, a PhD in the Department of Geological Sciences at Stanford University, has focused his research on a 16,3 million-year-old supervolcano on the Oregon-Nevada border which contains the largest lithium deposit in the United States. A number of other active volcanoes may hold the same deposits, and there is a particularly “exciting” one, called Bogoslof, in Alaska. That may be why the US has lost interest in Afghanistan.

“The Taliban are now sitting on a stockpile of one of the most strategic minerals in the world,” said Rob Schoonover, an ecology expert at the US think tank Center for Strategic Risks, in an interview with Quartz. “The question of whether they will be able to play this role will be important in the future.”

Could the Taliban benefit from this resource?

The exploitation of these rare earth metals could undoubtedly give the Taliban an economic advantage. Before the US retreat, the Afghan government had considered selling lucrative mining contracts to American companies. But such agreements were always discussed with the view of keeping the US military in the country and sharing the spoils. With the Taliban now leading the government, the option of involving American mining concerns is of course out of the question.

“As long as there are safer and more reliable sources (of metals, note) elsewhere, the use of Afghan minerals will remain low,” said Schoonover. However, the Taliban already have experience in extracting rare stones. By mining lapis lazuli, the Taliban earns at least $300 million per year.

Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan president now in exile, thought that the abundance of mineral deposits were a curse for his country. Indeed, many economists are aware of the fact that such rich deposits in developing countries generally become a source of corruption and violence, to the detriment of the locals.

The Taliban will have to find a way to participate in the global lithium trade, much larger than their lapis lazuli trade. Access to Afghan central bank reserves has been denied to the Taliban by the US. The new Afghan leadership could also have trouble in convincing Chinese investors who once lost $3 billion in 2007 in a Taliban copper mine that could not be exploited due to persistent administration blunders.

However, good reason for China to become involved in the extraction of lithium in Afghanistan may not only be the wealth it could generate, but also to avoid more ecological damage caused by lithium mining on its own soil and to limit the scope of Islamic infiltration. The extraction of this metal leads to water shortages and air pollution, but the rewards could coax Taliban leaders into addressing the Uighur headache.

So the question we ask readers: Did the Biden administration just give away Afghanistan’s rare earth minerals to China? There’s no way in hell that the Taliban will let Western countries mine the land. This would suggest China could soon secure mining deals and start extracting lithium, putting the country ahead of the US in the green energy space. 

“Outrage” After Biden Admin Provides Taliban With “Kill List” Of Americans, Afghan Allies To Evacuate

Update: during this surreal press conference late on Thursday, Biden did not deny the report of U.S. handing over names of Americans to Taliban, saying ‘There may have been.

“There have been occasions where our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this bus is coming through…made up of the following group…let it through,” the president said. “Yes, there have been occasions like that.”

Biden added that to his knowledge, the “bulk of that group” has been let through but can’t say with “certitude” that there was a list of names passed to the Taliban. In short, yes, the Biden admin handed “kill lists” to the Taliban.

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A day that will live in infamy for the reeling Biden administration just got even worse, after Politico reported that Biden administration officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport, a choice which according to the media outlet which was just purchased by Germany’s Axel Springer, “prompted outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials.”

“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” said one defense official, who like others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”

After the fall of Kabul, in the earliest days of the evacuation, the joint U.S. military and diplomatic coordination team at the airport provided the Taliban with a list of people the U.S. aimed to evacuate. Those names included Afghans who served alongside the U.S. during the 20-year war and sought special immigrant visas to America. U.S. citizens, dual nationals and lawful permanent residents were also listed. – Politico

The bizarre decision which was revealed by three U.S. and congressional officials, was meant “to expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan as chaos erupted in Afghanistan’s capital city last week after the Taliban seized control of the country.” It also came as the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security outside the airport, which in retrospect was a catastrophic decision.

But the decision to provide specific names to the Taliban, which has in recent days already brutally murdered numerous Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. and other coalition forces during the conflict, has angered lawmakers and military officials.

More from Politico on this unprecedented diplomatic disaster:

The issue came up during a classified briefing on Capitol Hill earlier this week, which turned contentious after top Biden administration officials defended their close coordination with the Taliban. Biden officials contended that it was the best way to keep Americans and Afghans safe and prevent a shooting war between Taliban fighters and the thousands of U.S. troops stationed at the airport.

“They had to do that because of the security situation the White House created by allowing the Taliban to control everything outside the airport,” one U.S. official said. In other words, the handing over a kill list to the Taliban is the direct result of Biden’s bungled evacuation of Kabul, which was overrun by Taliban, and now ISIS, just hours after US forces started pulling out.

But after thousands of visa applicants arrived at the airport, overwhelming the capacity of the U.S. to process them, the State Department changed course — asking the applicants not to come to the airport and instead requesting they wait until they were cleared for entry. From then on, the list fed to the Taliban didn’t include those Afghan names.

In the fluid situation, starting Aug. 25, only U.S. passport and green card holders were being accepted as eligible for evacuation, the defense official said. Still, that U.S. officials handed over a list of Afghan allies and American citizens and residents shows the extent to which they outsourced security of the airport’s outer perimeter to the Taliban which as Biden said previously, had being treated as “allies” of the admin.

Instead of helping expedite the evacuations, the Taliban has gone door-to-door in search of Afghan interpreters and others who helped U.S. and Western forces.

In written and verbal communications, Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, and Rear Adm. Peter Vasely, head of U.S. forces on the ground in Afghanistan, who were among those responsible for this unprecedented fiasco, have referred to the Taliban as “our Afghan partners,” according to two defense officials.

Needless to say, news of this idiocy sparked fresh call for Biden to resign or be impeached.

The news came just hours after two Islamic State terrorist attacks rocked the area just outside the airport, killing at least a dozen U.S. citizens and wounding dozens more.

After the attacks, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) appeared to criticize the Biden administration’s strategy of coordinating with the Taliban, writing in a statement: “As we wait for more details to come in, one thing is clear: We can’t trust the Taliban with Americans’ security.”

Biden To Abandon Americans Stranded In Afghanistan Following ISIS Bombings, Continued Threats: Source

The Biden administration is planning to cut bait and abandon Americans stranded in Afghanistan, according to Fox News, citing a confidential source who said that “hundreds” of ISIS-K fighters remain near the Kabul airport, and attacks are “likely to continue.”

“Military continues to retrograde and depart [the] airport,” said the source, adding “Almost a certainty that Americans will be left behind.”

The source also noted that the Americans left behind in the country “will have to be extracted after-the-fact through either Taliban negotiation or unconventional means.”

Additionally, Fox News was told that the Taliban “has essentially completely stopped letting Afghans through” but is “‘mostly’ letting Americans through.”

“Although Americans [are] all staying away now because of ISIS-K,” the source said. -Fox News

At least 12 American servicemembers were killed on Thursday after a series of bombings near the Kabul airport. According to the report, Biden held meetings with ‘Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin as well as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and ground commanders’ as the situation continued to unfold.

Go ahead anyway

Fleeing Afghans should try to get to border, says UK defence secretary

Ben Wallace signals few places remain on UK rescue flights as fears of attack grow and deadline looms

Marines Killed in Kabul Airport Explosions Were Killed by U.S.-Made C4 and SEMTEX Left Behind by US Forces During Withdrawal

The bloody and deadly carnage at five bomb blast sites outside Kabul, Afghanistan Airport is made all the worse as details emerge showing the explosives used were the ones left behind by US forces as they withdrew from parts of Afghanistan.  Our troops were killed with our own explosives.

Forensic analysis of the bomb blast sites has already concluded that, among the explosives used, American made C4 and SEMTEX residues are all over the blast sites.

Intelligence circuits are blazing with communications this evening containing a wealth of information about the attacks which left at least 13 U.S. Military dead and at least 140 other people seriously injured.

Among the details being sent back to the USA from Afghanistan are initial chemical analysis reports showing the chemical make-up of the detonations.

Days ago, details emerged at just some of the estimated $85 BILLION in military equipment, weapons and ammunition left behind by the U.S. to what was planned to be the Afghan National Defense-Security Force (ANDSF).  A 

Thanks to information from sources with whom I developed relations during my years working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, I can confirm the following. . . 

The Taliban have secured US Military ID printing equipment including cases of ID blanks.

They will be able to print actual military CAC (Common Access Card) ID’s identical to the one below.

The CAC, a “smart” card about the size of a credit card, is the standard identification for active duty uniformed Service personnel, Selected Reserve, DoD civilian employees, and eligible contractor personnel. It is also the principal card used to enable physical access to buildings and controlled spaces, and it provides access to DoD computer network and systems.

So now they have US uniforms and US ID’s.

WEAPONRY: 

-2,000 Armored Vehicles Including Humvees and MRAP’s
-75,989 Total Vehicles: FMTV, M35, Ford Rangers, Ford F350, Ford Vans, Toyota Pickups, Armored Security Vehicles, etc.
-45 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters
-50 MD530G Scout Attack Choppers
-ScanEagle Military Drones
-30 Military Version Cessna planes,
-4 C-130’s
-29 Brazilian made A-29 Super Tocano Ground Attack Aircraft 
208+ Aircraft Total


-At least 600,000+ Small arms M16, M249 SAWs, M24 50 Caliber Sniper Systems,

1,394 M203 Grenade Launchers,

M134 Mini Gun,

20mm Gatling Guns and Ammunition
-61,000 M203 Rounds
-20,040 Grenades
-Howitzers
-Mortars +1,000’s of Rounds
162,000 pieces of Encrypted Military Communications Gear
-16,000+ Night Vision Goggles
Newest Technology Night Vision Scopes
Thermal Scopes and Thermal Mono Googles
-10,000 2.75 inch Air to Ground Rockets
-Recconaissance Equipment (ISR)
Laser Aiming Units
-Explosives Ordnance C-4, Semtex, Detonators, Shaped Charges, Thermite, Incendiaries, AP/API/APIT
-2,520 Bombs
Administration Encrypted Cell Phones and Laptops all operational
Pallets with Millions of Dollars in US Currency
-Millions of Rounds of Ammunition including, but not limited to 20,150,600 rounds of 7.62mm, 9,000,000 rounds of 50.caliber
-Large Stockpile of Plate Carriers and Body Armor
US Military HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment Biometrics
-Lots of Heavy Equipment Including Bull Dozers, Backhoes, Dump Trucks, Excavators

 

There’s more.  Much more.

In fact, there were several high-security storage warehouses that were so important, only military with Top Secret Security Clearances could even enter them.   Inside those storage warehouses were things like shoulder-carry STINGER anti-aircraft missiles and a host of other “special” equipment.

Those warehouses and everything inside them, is now in the possession of the Taliban.

It gets worse:

The Taliban also secured US military drone jamming equipment which is disastrous if true.  The reason it is disastrous . . . this gear can jam U.S. Drones.

As you read this story, members of the China Communist Party and their People’s Liberation Army, are on the ground, inside Afghanistan, negotiating with the Taliban directly to BUY whatever US military technology they find interesting.

This will set back US force superiority so badly, our nation may actually no longer be able to defend itself because our own high technology is now fully in the hands of the Communist Chinese.  Our technology can JAM our technology.   Our jamming gear can be used to stop OUR drones.

Our Laser aiming systems can be analyzed, and China can develop ways to jam that too.  All our laser-guided bombs would be re-steered away from targets in a conflict with China.

Our communications technology encrypts in such a way that the encryption has no back doors and cannot be broken.   If China begins employing it, we won’t be able to spy on them or monitor their military activities . . . . even if they are invading OUR country!

What Joe Biden has done in Afghanistan is no accident.  This is not incompetence.  It is Treason of the worst kind.

America may literally not survive what Joe Biden has just done in Afghanistan.

And for the rest of the world . . . Every terrorist organization on the planet will now have encrypted comms. Can’t be hacked. Can’t be monitored. All of them will have the ability to jam our intelligence gathering.  All of them will have weaponry that can defeat actual standing armies.

Once this technology gets to HAMAS and HEZBOLLAH, Israel will fall.  Their military will not be able to track, monitor or thwart attacks anymore.

And once the supplies of STINGER shoulder-carried anti-aircraft missiles gets loose, civilian passenger airlines won’t have a chance, anywhere on the planet.  All those planes can be hit at-will and without warning.

Lastly, today, our own troops and countless innocent civilians, were bombed multiple times with the very equipment the US left as it withdrew.

THIS is the leadership provided by the commanders of the US Military.  THIS is the leadership provided by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

With a National Command Authority of this caliber, US troops should be leaving the military in droves, for their own self-preservation.

But don’t worry . . . Sergeant Major  Michael Grinston made sure to tweet that the US Military is steadfastly embracing . . . Diversity:

On the very day U.S. armed forces troops were blown to pieces by their own explosives, THIS GUY thought it was appropriate to celebrate . . . Diversity. 

My God, how detached from reality are the commanders within the United States Army? 

Now THAT says more than I ever could about the utter incompetence of US Military leadership today.   Disgraceful!

This is the legacy of Joe Biden and the Democrat Party nitwits he’s got running things.

You won’t see this mentioned anywhere in western media

The Taliban are planning an attack on Tajikistan: Russian forces with T-72 & ATGM Kornet tanks deployed on the border with Afghanistan!

Moscow: The Taliban have huge quantities of weapons

A “red alert” has been sounded in Moscow over reports of an impending Taliban attack in Tajikistan over its involvement in the “National Front” or “Northern Alliance”, which has helped crush extremists.

Dozens of T-72 tanks have lined up on the border with Afghanistan following information obtained by Russian secret services about impending provocations on the borders of neighboring Asia.

Civil War in Afghanistan: Massacre of 300 Taliban & Capture of 1,000 – War in Tajikistan! (video)

T-72 tanks on the border with Afghanistan

According to information, dozens of T-72 tanks along with armor of the Tajik Armed Forces, lined up at a firing distance of 10-12 kilometers from the border with Afghanistan!

“Russia and Tajikistan are showing the Taliban that they are ready for military action.

If the terrorists provoke or try to cross the border and enter the territory of Tajikistan, the Taliban have no chance of success.

In the event of an attack by a CSTO member, their losses in the first hours of the conflict will be in the thousands. “No one will negotiate with them, ” he said.

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And ATGM Kornet…

In addition, due to the threat posed by the Taliban, Russian forces on the border with Tajikistan are equipped with hundreds of state-of-the-art ATGM Kornet anti-tank weapons.

More specifically, due to the new threats of the Taliban, the Russian forces based in the 201st military base were equipped with the Russian anti-tank system Kornet.

The exact number of ATGM Kornets that were transferred to the 201st military base was not known, but Russian sources speak of “hundreds”.

This shows that Russia is seriously preparing together with Tajikistan for a possible attack by the Taliban. 

“From the moment the Taliban came to power, they showed within two weeks that no one can trust them. The Taliban do not have strong forces at the moment, but the threat has grown and Russia has realized that “things are more serious than originally thought.”

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Russian YPAM Soigu: The Taliban have huge quantities of weapons

“The biggest threat coming from Afghanistan is the large amount of weapons at the disposal of the Taliban. The second big threat is drugs.

“They have huge quantities of weapons. “Just huge,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“We are talking about hundreds of armor, aircraft, helicopters. In addition, they have more than 100 portable MANPADS anti-aircraft systems.

The second danger is drugs. 93% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan. This is a threat to us, “ noted Soigkou.

We hope the agreements with the Taliban are fulfilled. However, this is difficult. History shows this.

We will support the CSTO member countries in every way. Our base in Tajikistan is strong. The same goes for our base in Kyrgyzstan, “ he added.

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The CSTO Rapid Reaction Force is being prepared

The forces of the Central Military District of Russia and more specifically the 55th Motorized Brigade are making intensive preparations for the CSTO Rapid Reaction Force in Kyrgyzstan.

These forces will cover a distance of 3,000 km from the Republic of Thebes to Kyrgyzstan for the final phase of the exercise of the CSTO Rapid Reaction Forces.

Final preparations will be made at the Edelweiss shooting range in Kyrgyzstan

The scenario of the exercise concerns “destruction of terrorist forces and illegal armed organizations”…

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US storm: Biden ousted for incapacity under Amendment 25 – 13 dead & 18 injured Americans (video)

One Million Dead in Afghanistan – Biden Speech and Journalist Incident

Republicans are calling for the immediate ouster of Biden from the US presidency due to incompetence, with the current US president’s chair creaking dangerously after the 13 dead American soldiers and the 18 wounded.

Senator (GOP) Madison Cawthorn has already sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris, asking for the immediate activation of the 25th amendment leading to the removal of Biden.

Biden, who seems to have lost all control of the situation, proceeded to the third (!) Sermon to the American people within 20 days!

White House spokeswoman T. Psaki limited herself to saying that it was “a day when American soldiers lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. “This is not a day for politics.”

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Biden-Journalist Episode

Journalist Peter Doocy asked Biden if he was responsible for what had happened in Afghanistan over the past two weeks.

In particular, the tension was caused when a journalist asked the US President if he felt responsible for the death of 12 Marines from the bombings in Kabul.

“I take responsibility for what has happened,” he said, referring to Donald Trump.

“You know very well that the former president made this withdrawal agreement with the Taliban. “The agreement was to withdraw until May 1, and in return the Taliban promised to continue attacking others, but not US forces,” he told reporters, asking if he was aware of the incident.

As soon as the reporter answers, the US President addresses him again and says in a loud voice “I ask you a question” , while continuing his position.

“The reason why there have been no attacks on US troops in the past was because Mr. Trump had promised that we would be gone by May 1, which was certainly not possible,” he said. “Imagine what would have happened if I had He said on May 1 that he would not negotiate the date of his departure and that we would stay there and send a few thousand troops to Afghanistan to continue this stalemate. “

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One million dead

The death toll from an Islamic State jihadist attack at Kabul International Airport has risen to 103, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the newspaper, at least 90 Afghans and at least 13 members of the US military are dead.

The “thirteenth U.S. soldier was wounded in the attack on the Abby Gate,” said Capt. Bill Erban, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command (Joint Chiefs of Staff) in Afghanistan.

The number of injured “now stands at 18” , he added.

At the same time, a hospital source and a Taliban official said in recent hours that at least 72 civilians had been killed in an attack by Islamic State jihadists on Thursday.

At least 28 Taliban members are among those killed in an Islamic State attack outside Kabul airport, an Islamist official told Reuters.

“We lost more people than the Americans,” said the official, who asked not to be named. He said he saw no reason to extend the August 31st deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

Biden Discourse

In a speech, the US President said the following:

“America will not be allowed to intimidate,” he insisted. 

“The mission is extremely dangerous, but we will not be discouraged by the terrorists. We will not allow our mission to stop. “The evacuation will continue,” Biden said.

“We will pursue them and make them pay,” he said, adding that the US military would retaliate “with force and accuracy”.

“It’s a difficult day,” he said, calling theAmerican soldiers who lost their lives in today’s “kamikaze” terrorist act “heroes” and keeping a minute’s silence for the victims of the attacks.

“We do not forgive, we will not forget. “We will chase you and you will pay ,” Biden told those responsible for the attacks. This showed that terrorists tried to prevent the operation to remove people from the country.

“I have ordered the Islamic State facility to be hit, ” the president said in response to the jihadist killings. “The American commanders have everything they need at the moment, I promise I will give them anything else they need along the way.”

He said he had instructed his staff to do everything possible to protect US troops staying in Kabul and promised that those who wished to do so would leave Afghanistan by August 31, which he confirmed was the deadline for the operation. .

There was then a minute’s silence for the victims and the American soldiers who were sacrificed on this mission.

“The Taliban are not good, but we have common interests at the moment,” he added.

“We rely on their interest to continue their activities, and this is in our interest because we will be able to remove as many people as possible from the country.”

However, he noted that although millions of Afghans would like to leave the country and come to the United States, it would be impossible to get them all out.

The bombing in Kabul was the deadliest for the US military since 2011

The bloody attack on the Kabul airport area, which killed at least 13 US troops, including 10 Marines, was the deadliest against US forces in Afghanistan since 2011.

 

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