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During President Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, 13 U.S. troops were killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber outside the Kabul airport.
The attack killed one Navy corpsman, ten Marines, and two Army soldiers. Most of them were either 20 years old or in their early twenties.
The mastermind behind the attack was an ISIS terrorist who has now been killed by the Taliban, according to a senior Biden official.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 25, 2023
The Biden administration has not released the name of the terrorist.
The Taliban conducted their own operation. U.S. officials stressed that the United States did not conduct a joint operation.
In the bombing, eighteen other U.S. service members were wounded and more than 150 civilians died.
Here are the names of the 13 American heroes:
- Maxton “Max” W. Soviak
- Ryan C. Knauss
- Darin T. Hoover Jr.
- Johanny Rosario Pichardo
- Nicole L. Gee
- Hunter Lopez
- Daegan W. Page
- Humberto A. Sanchez
- David L. Espinoza
- Jared M. Schmitz
- Rylee J. McCollum
- Dylan R. Merola
- Kareem M. Nikoui
Maxton Soviak, 22, Navy
Kareem Nikoui, 20, Marines
David Lee Espinoza, 20, Marines
Rylee McCollum, 20, Marines
Jared Schmitz, 20, Marines
Hunter Lopez, 22, Marine
Daegan Page, 23, Marines
Ryan Knauss, 23, Army
Darin Taylor Hoover Jr., 31, Marines
More on this story via Fox News:
“This was a Taliban operation,” the official said. “We view this operation as emblematic of a landscape in Afghanistan. It has become very challenging for terrorists, like ISIS-K, who might seek to engage in the type of external plotting that could harm Americans.”
But the official told Fox News Digital that the Taliban’s operation “also reflects the president’s judgment that we did not need to remain on the ground in harm’s way in Afghanistan in perpetuity in order to effectively address any terrorist threats to us.
“Regardless of who carried out the operation, the fact that this result was achieved, and this person who’s had American blood on his hands is himself no longer on the battlefield and able to perpetrate further violence, we think that is development worth communicating to grieving families,” the official told Fox News Digital. “We think it’s a development worth conveying to the world. And we think it’s important frankly, a development as the world continues to seek to degrade ISIS-K and any threat it might try to pose.”