~ Piper Bayard
August 26, 2021, Evening in the United States
Now confirmed 12 US troops were killed in today’s two suicide bombing attacks, eleven US Marines and one US Navy sailor. At least 60 people dead and counting. Over 200 injured. ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K) believed to be responsible for attacks.
Several more explosions are being reported throughout the city of Kabul.
The Biden administration provided the Taliban with a list of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies. They say they provided the Taliban with what many in the intelligence and military communities are calling a hit list because the Biden administration is counting on the Taliban for security to the Kabul airport gates. . . . This is a hit list. . . . Many are calling this treason on the part of Biden and his administration. See Politico article below.
Reports the British Embassy also left the Taliban a Christmas list with the names of its Afghan staff.
Turkey, Finland, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Poland, The Netherlands, and France have ended their evacuation efforts or will be ending them tonight. They are being forced to abandon qualified evacuees because of the US withdrawal. They begged with Biden to extend the deadline to no avail.
U.S. officials provided Taliban with names of Americans, Afghan allies to evacuate, Politico, Lara Seligman, Alexander Ward, and Andrew Desiderio, August 26
British embassy left details of Afghan staff for Taliban to find, The Times, Anthony Lloyd, August 26
Previous Post, Earlier Today, August 26
I’ve been compiling news and links on the Afghanistan Evacuation Crisis, arising after President Biden’s withdrawing of the US military ahead of securing any American, NATO, other allied citizens, or our Afghan interpreters, assets, and their families. Since the last post, Afghanistan Crisis Updates Aug 17 – 24, two terrorist suicide bombers attacked the crowds at Hamid Karzai International Airport’s Abbey Gate near the Barron Hotel in Kabul. Reports that at least 12 and possible as many as 20 or more were killed, including four US troops. We have also learned that 20+ California school children and 16 parents are among the abandoned Americans, and the US military is continuing withdraw by the order of President Biden. Civilian efforts to continue rescues are being thwarted by both the Taliban and by US officials. Taliban are no longer allowing any Afghans to depart the country. . . . And deadline of Tuesday, August 31, draws nigh.
Update 1:30 CST: Since posting an hour ago, some reports say at least 10 US troops were killed by the suicide bombers.
August 26, 2021
Suicide bombers set off two explosions at the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport. At least 12 dead including 3 American troops reported by news agencies. A reliable source, Keating Global, reports 4 American troops were killed. See Alex Tiffin tweet above. Alex has on the ground contacts.
Reports that hundreds of ISIS (who are not aligned with Taliban) are on the ground and in the crowds in Kabul. Expect more attacks.
An Italian news agency reports that an Italian evacuation flight was fired on as it was leaving the airport in Kabul. The flight was undamaged and continued. See link if you read Italian.
The Taliban is completely barring any Afghans from reaching the airport. Taliban is “mostly” letting Americans through to the gates, but Biden administration is telling Americans to stay away from the airport because of the attacks on them from terrorist groups. Americans left behind will only get home through negotiations with the Taliban or through “unconventional means.” Meanwhile, charter flights to bring out Afghans who helped us who hold legitimate SIVs and documentation are leaving unfilled because Taliban is not letting people through checkpoints.
See interview with Kristen Rouse, President & Founder of the NYC Veterans Alliance and Board Member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, at https://twitter.com/brikeilarcnn/status/1430841026512670722 for reports from the ground. To say it’s bad is a vast understatement.
Our US military is being ordered by the Biden administration to turn away Afghans with legitimate visas and supporting documentation in spite of the deals the United States made with them.
Digital Dunkirk and other civilian organizations are still desperately working to get Americans and Afghan allies out of this Hellscape.
Reports the German military is gone from Afghanistan. The Germans were helping with security at the airport as they evacuated as many Germans and allies as they could in the time the Biden administration gave them.
US military, under orders from the White House, continues to depart from Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Propaganda efforts are intensifying to cast everyone who holds Biden responsible as the Commander in Chief who chose to pull out the US military and close Bagram Air Base before securing American and allied civilians as “Trumpers” to be dismissed and reviled.
Beware of propaganda! It is starting to flow fast and furiously! This from Russian Times. Note the photoshopping onto the backpacks. Seriously, folks. This crap comes from ALL sides.
And the day is young . . .
Explosions at Kabul Airport with US Personnel Reported Among Casualties, CNN,
‘The definition of gaslighting’: As chaos unfolds at Kabul airport, Biden team projects calm, Politico, Lara Seligman, Alex Thompson, and Alexander Ward, August 24
The Taliban tried to get their hands on the Afghan central bank’s nearly $10 billion in reserves, but most of the money is in New York, Yahoo! News, Natalie Musumeci, August 25
In Kabul, Private Rescue Efforts Grow Desperate as Time to Evacuate Afghans Runs Out, The Wall Street Journal, Dion Nissenbaum, August 25
A Taliban-Run Afghanistan Will be Less Isolated than the West May Hope, The Economist, August 18
August 25, 2021
Dozens of California Students, Parents Stranded in Afghanistan After Summer Trip Abroad, The Hill, Cameron Jenkins, August 25
Officials warn of “high threat” of Kabul airport terrorist attack, Axios, Oriana Gonzalez, August 25
Two congressmen traveled to Afghanistan amid frantic evacuation efforts, CNN Politics, Devon Cole, Ryan Nobles, Zachery Cohen, and Oren Liebermann, August 25
DISPATCH: Inside Kabul Airport — ‘A Death Metal Show With One Exit. And the Place Is on Fire’, Coffie or Die, Jariko Denman, August 24
And what the Brits are saying . . .
Joe Biden’s betrayal: Allies can never trust this president again, The Telegraph, Nick Allen, August 25