✪ According to unconfirmed preliminary reports, there have been additional explosions near the Kabul airport.
At least 12 American troops, all rumored to be Marines, were killed in the first two suicide blasts. No word yet on where the other explosions took place, or whether or not there are casualties.
At a press briefing moments ago, General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of CENTCOM, could not confirm additional bombings. “I can’t confirm that there are other attacks around HKIA,” he explained but said officials are investigating the possibility. He indicated during the briefing that he’s getting his information from open-source media, which likely means Twitter and other social media platforms.
The first two bombings killed at least 40 and wounded another 120 civilians and military personnel. Those numbers are preliminary and the situation changes by the minute. PJ Media will update stories as information becomes available.
President Joe Biden has yet to speak today. The State Department issued a statement saying they will be holding no briefings today. ✪
✪ The Biden regime is consistent. When bad things happen, they hide. The State Department followed the playbook today, canceling all press communications it had scheduled after a series of suicide bombings rocked Kabul, Afghanistan.
According to RedState:
We reported earlier that there were three U.S. Marines reported wounded among the casualties of the suicide bombing attack at the Kabul airport.
Unfortunately, the latest reports indicate that it was even worse than that. According to Fox News Channel’s Jennifer Griffin, U.S. officials have confirmed that four Marines were also killed in the attack that involved two explosions outside the airport.
Americans have died overseas, including four United States Marines. This is not the time to go silent about what the State Department and the White House are doing about it. The Biden regime is a miserable parody of failed leadership.✪
✪ US officials in Afghanistan gave the Taliban a list of Americans and Afghans to evacuate. This plan was to enable the expediting of Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan.
But a Defense Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Politico that “Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list. It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”
Politico reports that the list of names was given so that those persons on it would be granted entry into the Kabul airport, where evacuations are ongoing. The deadline for US departure is August 31.
This as the Pentagon said that more attacks are to be expected, and that the US will reach out to the Taliban “to make sure they know what we expect them to do to protect us” around the airport area.
President Biden was asked on Friday “Why do you continue to trust the Taliban?” This after giving a speech in which he said that the US is in “constant contact with the Taliban” in order to nail down the logistics of the evacuation.
“We’ve made clear to the Taliban that any attack on our forces or disruption of our operations at the airport will be met with swift and forceful response,” Biden said on Friday.