A suicide bomber linked to ISIS-K detonated a device near Kabul’s airport on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, including children and US Marines.
There has been a second explosion.
Americans have been advised to flee the region by the State Department.
Republicans are calling for’resignations,’ claiming that Biden’s ‘aloof’ remark shows he has ‘blood on his hands.’
Outraged by the terrorist attacks in Kabul that claimed the lives of US personnel, Republicans accused President Biden of having “blood on his hands,” while Sen. Lindsey Graham urged the US to retake control of Bagram Airbase following reports of two explosions at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
‘I have been advocating for days that the Bagram Air Base be reopened since the Kabul airport is exceedingly tough to protect and has been the only evacuation outlet,’ the South Carolina Republican tweeted.
We can reconstitute our presence at Bagram in order to continue evacuating American civilians and Afghan allies. The biggest blunder in this fiasco has been abandoning Bagram.’
At least 13 people were killed, including four US Marines, when an ISIS-K suicide bomber detonated his device amid crowds outside the airport on Thursday. The Taliban considers ISIS-K a sworn enemy.
A second explosion occurred a short time later near the airport’s Abbey Gate, where throngs of Afghans have been gathered for more than a week in the hopes of being placed on one of the evacuation planes out.
The State Department has advised Americans to leave the area as soon as possible.
‘I strongly urge the Biden Administration to reinstate our presence in Bagram as an alternative to the Kabul airport, so that we do not abandon our Afghan allies and fellow countrymen.’ ‘It’s a will problem, not a competence one,’ Graham explained.
The retaking of Bagram would put our forces in danger, but I believe those involved in the operation would willingly embrace that risk if it meant restoring our nation’s honor and saving lives.’
Biden’s national security staff briefed lawmakers on the issue this week.
Sen. Bob Menendez, the chair of the Democratic Foreign Affairs Committee, said: ‘This is a full-fledged humanitarian disaster, and US federal troops… must protect the airport.’
As we wait for more details to come in, one thing is clear: We can’t trust the Taliban with Americans’ security.’
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House GOP leader, has asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reconvene the House so that lawmakers can be briefed on the situation.
The attacks of today are particularly heinous. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured, as well as those who have lost loved ones. I’m still praying for the safety of our troops, stranded Americans, allies, and Afghan partners who remain in the area. In a statement, the California Republican stated, “Our enemies have taken advantage of the chaotic situation of the pullout.”
‘Congress must act immediately to preserve lives.’ Speaker Pelosi must call Congress back into session by August 31 so that we can hear from Vice President Biden and enact Representative Gallagher’s measure banning troop withdrawal until every American has left Afghanistan.’
Other lawmakers, like the rest of the world, are watching and waiting to see how a series of attacks on Kabul airport unfold as they, like the rest of the world, pray for American troops on the ground and Afghans on Twitter.