The Pentagon confirmed an explosion outside the Kabul airport this morning at 9:44am EDT. At least 12 U.S. service members have been killed.
We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can.
— John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 26, 2021
Capitol Hill sources told Fox News’ Chad Pergram that the explosion was the result of a suicide bombing, and that a gunfight erupted afterward. All airport gates that are processing evacuees are were closed after the attack.
Less than an hour later a second explosion was reported, leading to the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan to issue a warning that “U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates at this time.” The attack was outside a hotel where Americans have gathered in the past for rescue operations.
Prior to the attacks, there were warnings of an attack from ISIS-K, the ISIS offshoot in Afghanistan. The Taliban had also threatened violence, but only if the U.S. doesn’t stick to its August 31 withdrawal deadline (which Biden has caved to).
Matt Palumbo is the author of The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros, Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate