10 months ago

2 Britons, child of 3rd killed in Kabul bombing

LONDON — The U.K. says two British citizens and the child of another Briton were among those killed in the suicide bomb attack at Kabul’s airport.

It was unclear if the British victims were dual nationals and also Afghan citizens.

The government says two other Britons were wounded in the attack, which killed 169 Afghans, according to a preliminary count, and 13 American troops. A final count of those killed as they queued in hope of getting an evacuation flight might take time amid confusion, with many bodies dismembered or not yet identified.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Britons killed “were innocent people and it is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the U.K. they were murdered by cowardly terrorists.”

Britain has evacuated almost 14,000 U.K. citizens and Afghans from Kabul in an airlift that is in its final hours Friday.

10 months ago

Kabul attack one of the deadliest days for US troops in Afghanistan

The suicide bomber attack Thursday on crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops. It was one of the deadliest days for U.S. troops in the country in the history of the 20-year conflict.

Some of the deadliest days for U.S. troops in Afghanistan:

  • Aug. 26, 2021: Two suicide bombers and gunmen attack crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. The attacks kill at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops.
  • Dec. 21, 2015: A suicide attacker rams an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol, killing six American troops. The soldiers were targeted as they moved through a village near Bagram Airfield.
  • Oct. 2, 2015: 11 people, including six U.S. service members, are killed when a U.S. Air Force C-130J transport plane crashes.
  • Dec. 17, 2013: Six U.S. service members are killed when a helicopter crashes.
  • May 4, 2013: Seven U.S. soldiers and a member of the NATO-led coalition are killed as the Taliban continued attacks as part of their spring offensive.
  • March 11, 2013: A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan kills five American service members. Two U.S. special operations forces were gunned down hours earlier in an insider attack by an Afghan policeman in eastern Afghanistan.
  • Aug. 6, 2011: A helicopter is shot down by an insurgent armed with a rocket-propelled grenade, killing 30 American troops and eight Afghans.
  • May 26, 2011: Nine NATO service members are killed, including seven U.S. troops who died when a bomb exploded in a field where they were patrolling on foot.
  • April 19, 2011: An Afghan officer kills eight U.S. airmen and one U.S. civilian during a routine meeting at an Afghan air force headquarters compound in Kabul.
  • Sept. 21, 2010: A helicopter crashed in a rugged section of southern Afghanistan, killing nine. The Defense Department said three were Navy SEALs and one was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare unit. Five were soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Aug. 27, 2010: Homemade bombs kill three U.S. troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan.
  • June 8, 2010: Seven American troops, two Australians and a French Legionnaire are killed. A U.S. contractor training Afghan police also died in a suicide attack.
  • Oct. 27, 2009: Eight American troops die in two separate bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan.
  • Oct. 26, 2009: 11 American soldiers are killed in separate helicopter crashes. One chopper goes down in western Afghanistan, killing seven soldiers and three civilians working for the U.S. government. In a separate incident in the south, two other U.S. choppers collide while in flight, killing four American troops.
  • Oct. 3, 2009: Eight U.S. soldiers are killed when their outpost in Kamdesh, Nuristan, is attacked by as many as 300 militants. Another soldier dies in Wardak province when a bomb detonates while he attempts to disarm it.
  • July 13, 2008: Nine American soldiers are killed when their remote outpost in Wanat, Nuristan, is attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Another soldier dies in Kajaki Sofla when his vehicle strikes a roadside bomb.
  • Feb. 18, 2007: A U.S. helicopter crashes in the Shahjoi district of Zabul province, killing eight American troops.
  • May 5, 2006: 10 American soldiers die in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan.
  • June 28, 2005: 16 U.S. troops on a special forces helicopter are killed when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter is shot down by insurgents. Three U.S. sailors also die the same day.
  • April 6, 2005: 15 U.S. service members and three American civilians are killed when their helicopter goes down in a sandstorm while returning to the main U.S. base at Bagram.
  • Jan. 29, 2004: An explosion at a weapons cache kills eight U.S. soldiers.
  • March 23, 2003: A U.S. Air Force helicopter on a mercy mission to help two injured Afghan children crashes in southeastern Afghanistan, killing all six people aboard.
  • March 4, 2002: Seven American soldiers are killed when two helicopters come under fire.
  • Jan. 9, 2002: A U.S. military refueling plane that was resupplying troops in Afghanistan crashes in Pakistan, killing all seven Marines aboard.

10 months ago

Italy’s last evacuation flight leaves Kabul

ROME – The Italian air force plane that Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said earlier on Friday would be Italy’s last evacuation flight has now departed from Kabul airport.

The C-130 aircraft took off in the early evening carrying an unspecified number of Afghan civilians, the Italian consul and the NATO diplomat who had been coordinating evacuations by NATO forces at the airport, Di Maio tweeted.

Also aboard were Italian paramilitary Carabinieri police officers who had been providing security.
The Italian military has evacuated some 4,900 Afghan citizens, all but a few hundred of those since mid-August. Italy, which had a large military contingent based in western Afghanistan, said all the Italian citizens who requested evacuation had already returned to Italy.

10 months ago

Psaki: U.S. focused on getting every American out who wants to leave before Aug. 31


10 months ago

US flag to fly at half staff following lethal attack in Kabul

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the American flag would be flown at half staff through sunset on August 30 “in honor of the victims of the senseless acts of violence in Kabul, Afghanistan.”

“As a mark for respect, starting today, the United States flag will be flown at half staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds…” Psaki said in a press briefing Thursday.

10 months ago

American evacuation efforts will continue in Kabul following deadly attack, Biden says

President Joe Biden said that the ongoing evacuation of Americans and Afghans from Kabul will continue following Thursday’s deadly attack outside the Kabul airport.

“I’ve instructed the military whatever they need – if they need additional force, I will grant it,” Biden said in a press conference Thursday.