Kabul attack: 13 U.S. service members dead, 18 wounded

CNBC’s Eamon Javers reports on the latest information gathered after the twin suicide bombings in Kabul. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

A thirteenth U.S. service member has died from his wounds and the number of injured has risen to 18 after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.

The injured service members are being evacuated from Afghanistan on specially equipped C-17 aircraft with surgical units, a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command said Thursday evening.

U.S. Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said in a briefing earlier Thursday that a number of Afghan civilians were also killed, but he was not able to provide a precise number.

The general, who oversees the U.S. military’s operations in the region, said that the Pentagon was working to determine attribution for the attack but added that the current assessment is that the bomber is affiliated with ISIS.

ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

McKenzie said that the U.S. is still monitoring “extremely active threats” to the airport that range from suicide bombers to rocket attacks. McKenzie said that despite the attack, the U.S. emergency evacuation mission continues.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin expressed his condolences in a statement Thursday and condemned the attack that “took their lives at the very moment these troops were trying to save the lives of others.”

“We will not be dissuaded from the task at hand. To do anything less — especially now — would dishonor the purpose and sacrifice these men and women have rendered our country and the people of Afghanistan,” Austin added.

About 5,400 U.S. service members are assisting with evacuation efforts in Kabul. The British have about 1,000 troops assisting with the evacuation. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said there were no reported casualties among its government and military personnel in Kabul after the attack.

President Joe Biden addressed the nation on the attack Thursday evening.

“The president met with his national security team Thursday morning, including Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley as well as commanders on the ground in Kabul,” the White House said in a statement.

“He will continue to be briefed on updates on the evolving situation throughout the day,” the statement added.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul had issued a security alert Wednesday urging Americans to avoid the airport. “U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the alert said.

The embassy again told Americans after the attack Thursday not to travel to the airport and to avoid its gates.

In the last 24 hours, Western forces evacuated 13,400 people out of Kabul on 91 military cargo aircraft flights. Since the mass evacuations began Aug. 14, approximately 95,700 people have been airlifted out of Afghanistan.

About 101,300 people have been evacuated since the end of July, including about 5,000 U.S. citizens and their families.

A State Department spokesperson said Thursday that about 500 of the 1,500 Americans believed to be still in Afghanistan have been evacuated.

“We are now in contact with the roughly 1,000 Americans we believe remain in Afghanistan. And, the vast majority — over two-thirds — informed us that they were taking steps to leave,” the spokesperson added.

Biden on Tuesday reiterated to leaders of the G-7, NATO, United Nations and European Union that the United States will withdraw its military from Afghanistan by the end of the month.

The president warned that staying longer in Afghanistan carries serious risks for foreign troops and civilians. Biden said ISIS-K, an Afghanistan-based affiliate of the terror group, presents a growing threat to the airport.

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18 Responses

  1. Haris The Proud Bosniak says:

    It is sad and disturbng how the fbi and cia made me look bad in order to make them look good and as victims. We all know what US marines and soldiers done to innocent Muslims and Serbs to my people in Bosnia back then. I only speak the truth that is not a crime.the fbi and cia are TERRORISTS. I just hope that bad karma will come at them sooner or later and ALL who are INVOLVED because of them at ruining MY life. This is real and it is evil,unfair,and poliitcal. War it is. Lions never give up..

  2. The Lamb Sauce says:

    We need a president…. Not an old man. The past 3 presidents have been chaos. A PRESIDENT PLEASE.

  3. Bob Davis says:

    Know this:
    Trump 0 – Biden 13 dead

  4. Misaka 10032 says:

    Biden: "We will make you pay"
    Also Biden: funds Taliban and gives them aid

  5. jill bluerei says:

    As a race, humans are pretty fricken stupid.

  6. Alejandromagno Barrasa says:

    Accountability! The president needs to be impeached and tried for treason. Did he do this for China or for America did he do it for the taliban or for the soldiers!? This is trash. Investigation and accountability for all military leaders

  7. Angelina Nobile says:


  8. Angelina Nobile says:

    Names of military killed: RIP
    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Tex.
    * Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.
    * Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah
    * Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.
    * Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.
    * Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.
    * Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
    * Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.
    * Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha
    * Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.
    * Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.
    * Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.
    * Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

  9. Jonathan Joseph says:

    Democrats and liberals are silent, when it comes to terrorism

  10. Kaio Kyle says:

    I'm ashamed

  11. M K says:

    I dare to ask you. If there's a price on human life which do you value more? The lives of honorable service men and women who sacrificed thier lives for others? Or the lives of life long criminals like George Floyd who'd endlessly harmed people and 'd go as low as putting a gun on pregnant woman's belly then hit her with it to rob her? Biden voters would choose the latter of course. After all they're all responsible for the deaths of the former by voting for Biden.

  12. Tired of everyone,tired of these peoples says:

    i am in afghanistan i was also in the scene hopefully i was blocked by peoples

  13. Be Well says:

    WHAT did Biden know [about release of US Citizens names to enemy terrorist Taliban] and WHEN did he know it?

    No one is above the law

  14. Jay Quellin says:

    USA pull out game weak. You went on the Maury show back in 2002 and he told you that you were the baby daddy. You held that child’s for 18 years, never once letting him get off the stoop. Then you toss him out after one little misunderstanding on the home front. End of summer, hot, when the opps is rolling heavy in the streets. Baby boy folded like a lawn chair and went gang gang. What did you think was going to happen?

  15. s v says:

    I hope all of you who voted for Biden realize what you’ve done. Stings doesn’t it?

  16. Alvin Su says:

    Impeachment to the fraud leader in Washington?

  17. Remy L says:

    America is not worth dying for. Poor kids.

  18. Japan Trader says:

    Senile Joe FUFUFUFUFU

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