May they rest in peace.
It didn’t have to be this way. Everyone knows that we didn’t need to lose lives today. This entire situation could have been averted with the simplest strategy.
A strategy that was outlined by President Trump at his Alabama rally.
The Biden Administration made simple tactical errors that were completely avoidable, tactical errors that were so simple, that many people pointed out a child would know better than to make.
What happened represents a complete failure of leadership, and that’s why President Trump has taken up the mantle of leadership yet again:
— The Quill Press (@VinceQuill) August 26, 2021
Our hearts break for the fallen servicemen in Kabul. We are praying for their families and loved ones.
And we also pray for the protection of the servicemen who are still in harm's way. God keep them safe.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) August 26, 2021
The death toll from the explosion has surged to 12 Americans and 90 Afghans, according to The Wall Street Journal:
More than 100 people were killed, including 12 U.S. service members and 90 Afghans, at the Kabul airport Thursday when two blasts ripped through crowds trying to enter the American-controlled facility, disrupting the final push of the U.S.-led evacuation effort.
A suicide bomb attack at the airport’s Abbey Gate was followed by an assault by gunmen, officials said. Another bomb attack took place nearby, at a hotel outside the airport, officials said. Fifteen U.S. service members were injured, the Pentagon said.
The attack on U.S. personnel marked the deadliest day for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2011. U.S. officials attributed the attacks to Islamic State’s regional affiliate. Islamic State claimed responsibility in a report posted by its Amaq news agency.
My heart breaks for the families of our fallen service members and those who were injured in the horrific attack in Kabul today.
We must scale up our evacuation efforts at every level to help all Americans as well as our Afghan allies evacuate the country immediately.
— Marie Newman (@Marie4Congress) August 26, 2021
Casey and I are praying for the families of the fallen U.S. Marines and for the safety of our service members, fellow citizens, and Afghan allies in Kabul. Our troops are doing heroic work under dangerous circumstances and they deserve our continued admiration.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 26, 2021
CNN reports that new threats may be emerging on the ground in Kabul, according to a top U.S. General:
Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said that while they continue to investigate the perpetrators of today’s attack against Kabul airport, they are also focused on other “extremely active threat streams” to the airfield.
“But right now our focus really, we have other active threat streams, extremely active threat streams against the airfield, we want to make sure we are taking the steps to protect ourselves there. Our focus is on that,” he said.
“Right now, our focus is going forward and ensuring another attack of this nature does not occur, because as you know, typically the pattern is multiple attacks and we want to be prepared and be ready to defend against that,” he continued.