Twin explosions outside Kabul airport: 13 American soldiers and numerous Afghan civilians and Talibans killed. Total 170 dead.

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Suicide bomber attacks Kabul airport after ISIS threat: US Marines injured and Afghans ‘dead’ in blast at hotel where Westerners were holed up before evacuation flights

  • There was an explosion at the Abbey Gate in Kabul airport shortly before 6.30pm local time Thursday 
  • An unconfirmed number of Afghan nationals are dead; it’s unclear if any foreign citizens are hurt 
  • The blast came hours after officials warned of an ‘imminent’ bomb threat from ISIS-K
  • US troops closed airport gats on Thursday after the threat was reported while rushing to remove citizens
  • America’s top diplomat in Afghanistan, Ross Wilson, claims it is still ‘safe’ to go to the airport 
  • The Pentagon has insisted it will not withdraw troops in the next 36 hours and will stay until August 31 at least
  • Canada, Britain, Holland and Poland are winding down their evacuation missions in light of the growing threat
  • There are at least 1,000 Americans in Afghanistan who the State Department have not been able to evacuate
  • Wilson claimed on Thursday his office was making ‘phone calls’ to find them all and save them 
  • President Biden, who has refused to take responsibility for the shambolic evacuation, is not due to speak about the crisis publicly today 
  • Biden has been briefed on the explosion; Pentagon spokesman John Kirby is due to speak at 10.30am EST 

By JENNIFER SMITH and ROSS IBBETSON and HARRIET ALEXANDER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 06:11 BST, 26 August 2021 | UPDATED: 15:17 BST, 26 August 2021

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9928133/Car-bomb-threat-forces-Kabul-airport-CLOSE-citizens-345-seater-plane-leaves-empty.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus

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Where things stand

  • The Pentagon confirmed there was an explosion outside of Kabul’s airport. Casualties are unclear at this time.
  • CNN reported earlier that a grave and specific ISIS-K terror threat targeting crowds around the airport was hampering evacuation efforts as President Biden’s Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline looms.
  • The latest 24-hour period evacuation numbers from the White House show a slowing pace and some European countries are ending their efforts as soon as today.

Officials: Explosion at Kabul airport appears to be a suicide attack

From CNN’s Kylie Atwood, Jim Sciutto and Barbara Starr

The explosion outside the airport in Kabul was at one of the entry gates and appears to be a suicide attack, according to three US officials. 

There have been crowds of Afghans at the gates trying to gain access to the airport.

President Biden has been briefed on the explosion outside Kabul airport, a White House official says.

https://edition.cnn.com/webview/world/live-news/afghanistan-news-taliban-refugees-08-26-21-intl/h_e493e5df7688d2adb3025e4f90d77fbc

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