ISIS Takes Credit for Kabul Blast That Killed U.S. Marines

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has taken credit through its official news outlet for a deadly blast that killed at least a dozen U.S. military personnel and dozens more Afghans in what was set to be the final days of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Hours after an explosion near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport killed at least 12 U.S. military personnel, including four Marines, and at least 60 Afghans, ISIS’ Amaq News Agency released a statement announcing “around 160 killed and wounded from the American forces and those collaborating with them in a martyrdom attack of the Islamic State near Kabul airport.”
Citing “military sources,” the outlet said that “a fighter of the Islamic State were able today to penetrate all the security fortifications imposed by the American forces and the Taliban militia around the capital Kabul and managed to reach a large gathering of translators and collaborators with the American army around ‘Baran Camp’ near Kabul airport, and then he detonated his explosive belt, killing about 60 people and injuring around 100 others, including elements of the Taliban.”
Twelve U.S. Troops Killed In Isis Attacks On Kabul Airport
A dozen U.S. troops were killed and 15 were injured on Thursday when ISIS militants set off two bombs outside Kabul’s main airport, the Pentagon said, where thousands of people have been gathering in recent days amid a massive evacuation effort by the U.S. and NATO allies.
The attacks from ISIS’s affiliate in Afghanistan were the deadliest U.S. casualty event there since 2011, and they come as the U.S. is just days away from a complete withdrawal from a country now controlled by the Taliban.
An ISIS militant wearing a suicide vest was responsible for the first bombing, two U.S. officials and a person familiar with the matter told POLITICO, detonating around 5 p.m. local time just outside Abbey Gate. ISIS gunmen then opened fire on the crowd. Three sources said U.S. troops returned fire soon after. NATO troops were ordered to leave the airport gates immediately due to the threat of additional attacks, two people said.
Videos from the scene viewed by POLITICO showed dozens of bodies strewn across a sewage canal and the surrounding banks outside Kabul’s main airport, which President Joe Biden has warned was vulnerable to terror attacks in recent days.
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