12 US service members killed in two ISIS suicide bomb attacks on Kabul airport – CENTCOM chief

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      RCW2020
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      26 Aug, 2021 17:22 / Updated 12 minutes ago

      A dozen US military personnel were killed when two Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) suicide bombers mounted attacks on Kabul airport on Thursday, head of the US Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie has confirmed.

      A further 15 US troops were injured. A gunfight erupted after the blasts, McKenzie said, adding that the incidents would not deter the US from continuing its evacuation mission. That operation is set to end with the August 31 deadline for full US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

      While IS is expected to attempt further assaults, the current US focus, the general continued, was to make sure another attack does not happen.

      US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin later issued a statement expressing his “deepest condolences to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed” in the attack. “Terrorists took their lives at the very moment these troops were trying to save the lives of others… But we will not be dissuaded from the task at hand,” he added.

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      General McKenzie in Pentagon briefing says the US is “reaching out to the Taliban, who are actually providing the outer security around the airfield, to make sure they know what we expect them to do to protect us, and we will continue to coordinate with them as they go forward.”

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