WASHINGTON – Explosions outside the Kabul airport that have caused multiple U.S. casualties come as Biden administration officials have been alarmed in recent days by threats at Hamid Karzai International Airport by ISIS-K, a terrorist group that is a sworn enemy of the Taliban.
A senior U.S. intelligence official said while no formal attribution has been made, all signs – and recently gathered intelligence – point to ISIS-K, an offshoot of Islamic State, as the culprits.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby tweeted that there was an explosion at Abbey Gate, as well as one at or near the Baron Hotel, which is a short distance from Abbey Gate. He noted the explosion at the gate “resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties.”
U.S. officials, including President Joe Biden, had been warning of the threat of Islamic State terror attacks at the Kabul airport, which is being guarded by the Taliban as Americans and Afghan allies seek to leave the country.