Tensions have been rising in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover and the United States military leading an evacuation of people there. To make matters worse, two explosions went off at the Kabul airport where these evacuations are taking place. These Kabul attacks leave behind casualties and heartbroken families.
At the time of writing, 60 Afghans and 12 U.S. Marines were killed in the explosions. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
When the attack occurred, the gates to the airport were packed with Afghans trying to get through and board a plane. Since many have assisted the U.S. they fear for their lives in the hands of the Taliban.
U.S. Department of Defense’s Response to Kabul Attacks
A live press brief streaming on the U.S. Department of Defense website with Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command speaking has confirmed that the evacuations are continuing to happen. They are also working hard to find out who is accountable for the attacks and will take action.
It’s been confirmed that they are working with the Taliban to find out who is responsible for the attacks. As of now, the U.S. Department of Defense does not believe that the Taliban are responsible for the attacks. They also reiterated that they have worked with the Taliban in the past and have thwarted potential attacks in the past.
The U.S. Department of Defense has released a statement regarding the attack. The statement offers condolences to the people who lost their lives during this attack. As this is an ongoing investigation, check back here for updates on this situation.
Please keep our troops and the Afghan civilians in your thoughts and prayers. This is a difficult and heartbreaking situation for everyone. Let’s keep our hearts open for everyone involved and also pray for the fast recovery of the injured.
To read more about the history of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, click here.