Former President Donald Trump sent his “deepest condolences” to the families of the victims of today’s massacre at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“Melania and I send our deepest condolences to the families of our brilliant and brave Service Members whose duty to the U.S. meant so much to them,” he said in an Aug. 26 statement.
He added: “Our thoughts are also with the families of the innocent civilians killed today in the savage attack in Kabul.”
He also said, “This tragedy should never have been allowed to happen, which makes our grief even deeper and harder to understand. May God bless the United States.”
According to BBC sources, more than 60 people are estimated dead and more than 140 injured after explosions caused among thousands of people desperately waiting to leave the country.
Among the victims were at least 23 members of the U.S. military: 13 dead and 20 wounded, according to Pentagon reports.
However, the final count could be much higher, based on numerous videos shared by survivors and dramatic eyewitness accounts.
“Two suicide bombers who said they were Islamic State fighters” committed the attack at the airport and the nearby Baron hotel, reported U.S. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.
He added: “The attack at the Abbey gate was followed by a number of gunmen who opened fire on civilians and military forces.” However, he also assured: “We will continue with the evacuation mission despite the attack.”
Meanwhile, spokesmen for the ISIS-K terrorist group claimed responsibility for the crime perpetrated by suicide bombers who set off explosives carried under their clothes.
ISIS militants are opposed to members of the Taliban movement that now controls the country.
On the other hand, President Joe Biden reported that he had asked the heads of the Armed Forces to prepare attack plans against ISIS should they be required.
“I have instructed the military that if they need additional forces, I will approve them. We will not forget, we will not forgive, we will pursue them and we will make them pay. We will not be intimidated by terrorists (…). We will not stop the mission, we will continue the evacuation,” Biden added, according to BBC.
The pressures of evacuating the people desperately seeking to leave Afghanistan are mounting.
According to the schedule, only tomorrow is available to transport the civilians, who number in the thousands between foreigners and nationals who served the United States.
Although the Taliban only gave a deadline of Aug. 31, the last four days will be used for the armed forces to finally dispose of the airport facilities to remove their equipment and people.
However, it is expected that it will not be possible to meet the schedule and that many people will be left behind in Afghanistan after that date.
According to Representatives Peter Meijer’s (R-Mich.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), who traveled secretly and consulted with officials in charge of operations, the goals can’t be met.
“After talking to commanders on the ground and seeing the situation here, it’s obvious that, having started the evacuation so late, no matter what we do, we won’t get everyone out in time, even for Sept. 11,” they concluded.