The attack that killed 13 U.S. forces in Afghanistan could not be prevented: The Pentagon


Pentagon officials said on February 5 that they could not prevent 13 U.S. troops from being killed in last year’s bombing at an airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“Based on tactical level investigations, this could not be prevented and ground leaders took appropriate steps. Whenever there was an imminent threat warning, they followed appropriate steps. He lowered his profile, asked for a cover, and sometimes even stopped the operation at the gate, “Brig said. General Lance Curtis, a military official who led the investigation, told reporters in Washington.

Attack occurred on August 26, 2021 when U.S. military personnel ruled Hamid Karzai International Airport to ensure that Americans and others recently hijacked by Taliban terrorist groups left the country. I did.

US leaders have decided to work with the Taliban. The Taliban placed fighters at checkpoints outside the airport, blocking some Americans from arriving at the facility.

The ISIS terrorist group was behind the attack, the group and US officials say. It killed 11 Marines, 1 soldier, and 1 sailor.

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US military personnel will act as coffin attendants to military personnel who died during an operation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 27, 2021.

Investigators interviewed more than 100 people, gathered other evidence, and concluded that the attack was actually a single explosive device explosion at Abbey Gate, one of the airport entrances.

“The disturbing lethality of this device stopped the ball bearings that affected them, but could not prevent catastrophic injury to uncovered areas. Universal wear of body armor and helmets. Nevertheless, it was confirmed by 58 U.S. military personnel who were killed and injured. ” General Frank Mackenzie, US Central Commander.

US officials said last year that people on the scene were shot during the attack. However, the investigation “found no conclusive evidence that someone was beaten or killed by the shooting in either the United States or Afghanistan,” Mackenzie said.

“At that time, the best information we got right after the attack showed that it was a complex attack by both the suicide bomber and the ISIS-K gunman,” he said. “We found that the explosively fired ball bearings caused gunshot-like scratches, which, when combined with a few warning shots, made many assume that a complex attack had occurred.”

Officials said the fact that the initial depiction of what happened was different from the investigator’s conclusions indicates that the investigative team was open to the investigation.

The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 30, at the behest of President Joe Biden.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers US news and stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.