12 القوات الأمريكية & 60 مقتل أفغان في هجمات انتحارية لتنظيم الدولة الإسلامية في مطار كابول

TWELVE US troops and at least 60 Afghans have been killed in ISIS suicide bomb attacks at Kabul Airport today.

Two explosions rocked the airport in أفغانستان just hours before the evacuation deadline.

Wounded women arrive at a hospital for treatment in Kabul

Wounded women arrive at a hospital for treatment in Kabulالإئتمان: وكالة فرانس برس
A US official confirmed the blast was caused by a suicide bomb

A US official confirmed the blast was caused by a suicide bombالإئتمان: تويتر
Emergency services rush to Kabul airport after the attack

Emergency services rush to Kabul airport after the attackالإئتمان: جيتي

Thousands of people have gathered at the airport over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated after the طالبان استولى على السلطة.

على الاكثر 60 Afghans have been killed and 140 other people hurt in the attacks.

على الاكثر 12 US service members were killed, بما فيها 11 Marines and one Navy medic, في حين 15 were injured, the Pentagon said.


The blast carnage at the airport comes as…


Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, قالت: “At this time we know that 12 US service members have been killed in the attack, و 15 more service members have been injured.

A number of Afghan civilians were also killed and injured in the attack.

Other blasts were heard in Kabul in the hours after the earlier two.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, sharing a picture online of one of the suicide bombers.

A US official confirmed the first blast was caused by a suicide bomb, with initial reports suggesting the second explosion was a car bomb.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said one explosion occurred near buses lined up outside Abbey Gate and the other close to the nearby Baron Hotel.

A source told Fox News that the attacks in Kabul may be anongoing event” – with more violence to come.

One of the bombers reportedly hit people standing in a wastewater canalsending bodies flying into the water.

People waiting desperately for a space on a flight out of Afghanistan were seen carrying those who had been wounded to ambulances, their clothes covered in blood.

Bloodied survivors were raced from the scene in wheelbarrows, according to local TV news channels.

Shocking footage showed desperate loved ones searching through dozens of bodies in a sewage canal on the outskirts of the airport.

على الاكثر 13 اشخاص – including childrenhave been killed, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the death toll could be as high as 40, Afghan health officials reportedly told the New York Times.

ISIS are believed to be behind the horrific explosionswhich came just hours after officials warned of an imminent attack.

A British defence source told Sky News it ishighly likelythe affiliate of the so-called Islamic State in AfghanistanISIS-Kwas responsible for the attacks.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed that evacuations will continue بعد “despicable” هجوم.

Kirby said on Twitter: “We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties.

We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update.

🔵 اقرأ مدونة أفغانستان الحية للحصول على آخر التحديثات

A UK official said there were no reports of British military of government casualties, but US soldiers had been hurt.

Boris Johnson will chair an emergency COBRA meeting later today after the blast.

The Prime Minister had already warned time was running out to rescue people from Afghanistan ahead of the deadline.

A UK government spokesperson said: “We are working urgently to establish what has happened and its impact on the ongoing evacuation effort.

Our primary concern remains the safety of our personnel, British citizens and the citizens of Afghanistan.

We are in close contact with our US and other NATO allies at an operational level on the immediate response to this incident.

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said allied forces should continue to evacuate as many vulnerable people as they can from Kabul despite what he branded as ahorrific terrorist attack”.

Our priority remains to evacuate as many people to safety as quickly as possible,” هو قال

Last night the UK and US warned of a possible terror attack as militants take advantage of the chaos in Kabul as thousands try to get to the airport and on flights to get out of the area.

And an Italian military plane with 100 Afghans on board was hit by gunfire earlier today.

The plane was not damaged in the incident, a source at Italy’s Defence Ministry said.

An Italian journalist traveling on the flight told Sky 24 TG the plane had been carrying almost 100 Afghan civilians when it came under fire minutes after take off.

على الاكثر 13 people have been killed

على الاكثر 13 people have been killedالإئتمان: Twiter
Smoke rises over the airport after the explosions

Smoke rises over the airport after the explosionsالإئتمان: AP
Reports said the blasts were close to the Baron Hotel near Abbey Gate

Reports said the blasts were close to the Baron Hotel near Abbey Gateالإئتمان: جيتي
Desperate Afghans wade through sewage outside the airport

Desperate Afghans wade through sewage outside the airportالإئتمان: وكالة حماية البيئة

It’s not clear whether the shots were aimed at the military plane.

Italian intelligence sources believe the plane was struck by shots fired into the air to disperse a crowd near the airport, a government source told Reuters.

Armed forces minister James Heappey today described the terror threat to people outside Kabul airport aslethal amid concerns over ISIS-K.

I can’t stress the desperation of the situation enough, the threat is credible, it is imminent, it is lethal,” he told BBC Breakfast.

And we wouldn’t be saying this if we weren’t genuinely concerned about offering Islamic State a target.

Heappey warned a possible terror attack in Kabul could come within “ساعات”.

He told LBC: “I was given lines today for what might happen if the attack happened while I was doing this media round.

أضاف: “I don’t think everybody should be surprised by this, Daesh, or Islamic State, are guilty of all sorts of evil.

But the opportunism of wanting to target a major international humanitarian mission is just utterly deplorable but sadly true to form for an organisation as barbarous as Daesh.

And Colonel Richard Kemp, former head of British forces in Afghanistan, said the threat of a terror attack at the airporthas existed right the way from when this evacuation began”.

That threat of terrorist attack, whether it’s from Taliban, the Islamic State, or al Qaida, it could equally be all three of those groups,” he told BBC Breakfast.

The fact that people are talking about Islamic State doesn’t make that the most likely threat.

I think that threat has existed right the way from when this evacuation began, and I have no doubt that our forces are fully aware of the threat and already, for days now, have been taking measures to try and mitigate it, to prevent something like that happening.

“لكن, clearly, there could be a terrorist attack of some sort against the forces in the airport, maybe forces outside the airport, and of course the people trying to get in.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The security situation in Afghanistan remains volatile.

There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack. Do not travel to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.

If you are in the area of the airport, move away to a safe location and await further advice.

Heappey said there will be 11 more flights out of Kabul todaybut declined to say whether there will be more on Friday, citing the security of troops.

‘MAKE IT TO THE BORDER

Meanwhile Defence Secretary Ben Wallace yesterday said Afghans should stay away from the airfieldwhere the terror group is taking over.

Questioned about what Afghans who have been offered student places or fellowships in the UK should do, Mr Wallace said: “If they think they can make it to a third country, that may be a better option.

Pressed by a Tory backbencher, Mr Wallace added: “I recommend that they try and make it to the border … because it is higher profile going to the airport – that is where the Taliban will be focusing their efforts at the moment.

It comes as ministers said it was almost certain that people would be stranded after the Taliban ordered troops to quit by August 31 — and US President Joe Biden agreed.

People are being told to forget the airport and to run for the border

People are being told to forget the airport and to run for the border
Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul

Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabulالإئتمان: وكالة فرانس برس
Stranded British nationals wave their passports at the airport perimeter in Kabul

Stranded British nationals wave their passports at the airport perimeter in Kabulالإئتمان: © Jerome Starkey 2021

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab insists the country is working “as fast as we can” to rescue thousands of British nationals and Afghans at risk of reprisals.

But the clock is ticking for the 6,000 US troops and roughly 1,000 Paras who will need time to coordinate their retreat.

The last major RAF civilian airlifts are expected to end tomorrow although experts say Brit troops will try to find slots for fleeing civilians until the last planes take off.

The US marines and 82nd Airborne Division troops are expected to retreat in stages, collapsing their perimeter and ceding ground to the Taliban each time their numbers shrink.

Mr Raab added: “We’re going to keep going for every day and every hour that we’ve got left.”

The Taliban said the deadline of August 31 was a red line and not negotiable.

Relieved Afghans fleeing the Taliban arrive at Heathrow yesterday

Relieved Afghans fleeing the Taliban arrive at Heathrow yesterday
Dominic Raab insists Britain is working 'as fast as we can' to rescue thousands of British nationals and Afghans at risk of reprisals

Dominic Raab insists Britain is working ‘as fast as we canto rescue thousands of British nationals and Afghans at risk of reprisalsالإئتمان: ريكس

Desperate Afghans continue endless wait outside Kabul airport, some standing in knee-deep water and waste