• Taliban Ground Attack Kills Mastermind Behind Kabul Airport Bombing That Killed 13 U.S. Service Members

    April 27, 2023
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    On Tuesday, U.S. officials announced that the Islamic State militant believed to have been the mastermind behind the Abbey Gate suicide bombing at Kabul airport that killed 183 people, including 13 U.S. service members, had been killed in a Taliban ground attack.

    Although the Taliban strike occurred earlier this month, U.S. intelligence analysts were only able to determine "with high confidence" that the ISIS-K militant had been killed in recent days.

    The name of the ISIS-K terrorist is still classified and no further details have been released regarding the attack that killed him, according to a report from Zerohedge.

    The Department of Defense (DOD) has said that the Taliban attack was not coordinated with the U.S. ISIS-K is the primary enemy of the Taliban and has continuously executed a rash of terror attacks. According to AP reports, ISIS-K is believed to have roughly 4,000 members in Afghanistan.

    The death of the Abbey Gate bombing mastermind comes on the heels of the National Security Council report that was released earlier this month and placed the blame for the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on the shoulders of the Trump administration. Not only did the chaotic withdrawal include the tragic airport bombing, but also included several Afghans falling to their deaths after attempting to climb into the wheel wells of Air Force cargo planes. The U.S. military also abandoned 22,000 Hummers, almost 1,000 armored vehicles, 358,000 rifles, almost 200 artillery pieces, and 64,000 machine guns - most of which have since fallen into the hands of the Taliban.

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    After the release of the report, White House spokesman John Kirby said that Biden was "very proud" of the way the withdrawal was handled and denied that it was disastrously chaotic.

    The Abbey Gate bombing occurred in August 2021, as thousands of Afghans, many with dual U.S. citizenship earned by working as interpreters for U.S. troops, flooded Hamid Karzai International Airport, desperately attempting to flee the country before the Taliban regained full control.

    Last weekend, the Pentagon began notifying family members of the 13 service members killed in the blast that the terrorist behind the attack had been killed by the Taliban. Darin Hoover, father of Marine Staff Sergeant Darin Taylor Hoover said of the news, "Whatever happens, it's not going to bring Taylor back and I understand that."

    "About the only thing his mom and I can do now is be an advocate for him. All we want is the truth. And we're not getting it. That's the frustrating part," Hoover added noting that he has been praying for the Biden administration to be held accountable for the disastrous withdrawal since the bombing.

    The withdrawal marked the end of a rather pointless 20-year war that cost the lives of 2,400 service members, wounded more than 20,000 others, and left most of the Afghans who risked their lives to assist U.S. forces during the war abandoned to be hunted and killed by the Taliban.

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    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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