A U.S. military official late Thursday, that at least 13 U.S. service members has died following terror attacks in Kabul airport on August 26.
At least a dozen more American service members were critically hurt, including 11 Marines and one hospital corpsman from the US Navy. Several service men are thought to be critically injured.
“The 13 troops killed Thursday made the attack the deadliest since August 2011, when militants shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 31 Americans, seven Afghans and a military dog,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport.
List of 13 U.S. soldiers killed at the Kabul airport
The U.S. soldiers that were killed during the terror attack on the Kabul airport are:
- Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
- Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California.
- Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California.
- Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska.
- Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming.
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.
- Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.
- Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.
Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 13 US troops
The attacks killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
According to accounts, the suicide explosions in Kabul late Thursday night local time killed at least 60 Afghans and injured more than 120 others.
Officials in the United States initially stated that 11 Marines and one Navy medic were among those killed. Another service member was killed a few hours later. Eighteen service members were injured, and officials warned that the death toll could rise. According to an Afghan official, more than 140 Afghans were injured.
One explosion occurred at the final checkpoint for evacuees before entering Hamid Karzai International Airport, when US service members were vetting potential passengers for possibly of the final rescue aircraft out of Afghanistan before the US military officially withdraws on August 31st.
The second blast happened immediately outside the Baron Hotel, which was functioning as a safe haven for Americans detained in Kabul.
Other explosions were reported throughout the day, but officials said they were caused by coalition forces destroying military equipment as part of the withdrawal.
The Islamic State group claims responsibility for Kabul airport attack
On its Amaq news channel, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killings. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan is far more radical than the Taliban, who recently seized control of the country in an all-out assault. The Taliban denied any involvement in the attacks and condemned the explosions.
The United States has stated that there is a risk of other assaults and that there are “hundreds” of ISIS-K militants in the neighborhood of HKIA. There are also concerns regarding the Taliban’s role in securing the evacuation efforts.
President Joe Biden vowed to chasing down ISIS in Afghanistan in a speech Thursday evening, while the president stated that the US troops would adhere to the prescribed exit timeframe.
“They are part of the bravest, most capable, the best, selfless military on the face of the eath, and they are part of simply what I call the backbone of America,” Biden said. “They are the spine of America — the best the country has to offer.”
“We will not forgive, we will not forget,” he added. “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
“I’ve also told my commanders to attack ISIS-K assets. And we will respond with precision, at our time, at a place that we choose, and the moment of our choosing,” Biden said. “Here’s what you need to know. These ISIS terrorists will not win.”