- Data Covid-19 USA — Americans have described a necessary, if distasteful, working arrangement as they race to evacuate Afghanistan by Aug. 31.
- Data Covid-19 USA — Officials are still piecing together the chain of events in the attack that killed scores of people, including 13 U.S. service members, outside the Kabul airport.
The day after one of the deadliest suicide attacks in Afghanistan’s history, crowds still gathered at Kabul’s airport. “People are trying to leave the country at any price.”
Rylee McCollum, barely older than the war itself, had a wife and a baby on the way. He was one of the first publicly identified American victims of the suicide bombing at Kabul’s airport.
The former police officer, from the Hazara ethnic minority, had hoped to help his family escape the Taliban. Instead, he is now numbered among the scores killed at the Kabul airport.
Founded in 2015, the Afghan splinter group from ISIS counts as its foes U.S. forces and the Taliban.
The spy agency had plans to de-emphasize counterterrorism operations to focus on rising global powers. History got in the way.
The president said the evacuation of U.S. citizens and allies from Afghanistan would continue, even after an attack that killed at least 13 American troops and dozens of civilians.
The U.S. and its allies waged war for 20 years to try to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan. A double-suicide bombing demonstrated that they remain a threat.
The president mourned the U.S. service members and others killed and addressed those responsible: “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Bombers struck a huge crowd outside the airport, killing dozens of civilians in the waning days of the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan.