“The threat from ISIS is extremely real. We’ve been talking about this for several days; we saw it actually manifest itself here in the last few hours with an actual attack,” Kenneth McKenzie, the CENTCOM commander general, told reporters in a briefing.
“We believe it is their desire to continue those attacks and we expect those attacks to continue and we’re doing everything we can to prepare for those attacks,” he added.
U.S. officials had warned this week about a possible ISIS attack, including in briefings with Congress.
Military officials are continuing to coordinate with the Taliban, including conveying what they expect that terrorist group to do “to protect us,” according to McKenzie. That includes pushing the Taliban to expand the ground they are patrolling outside the airport.
There’s no indication the Taliban was involved in the attack or let it happen, according to U.S. officials.
President Joe Biden vowed recently that any action against U.S. troops would trigger a swift response. Asked about that, McKenzie said that would depend on locating those behind the attack.
“If we can find who’s associated with this, we will go after them. We’ve been clear all along that we’re going to retain the right to operate against ISIS in Afghanistan and we are working very hard right now to determine attribution, to determine whose associated with this cowardly attack, and we’re prepared to take action against them. 24/7 we are looking for them,” he said.
A dozen U.S. troops were killed and 15 others were wounded by two or more explosions just outside the airport on Thursday. One went off at the Abbey Gate, an entrance U.S. troops are guarding, and at least one more went off nearby.
The exact circumstances of the attack are under investigation but the preliminary understanding is a suicide bomber got to the gate before setting off a bomb.
U.S. troops are in position at the gates to vet people trying to get through. The vetting includes checking for bombs or other weapons.
“There’s no substitute for a young man or woman, a young United States man or woman, standing up there conducting a search of that person before we let them on,” McKenzie said.
Before the first bomb went off, 104,000 people were let through the gates.
The Taliban check people at their checkpoints before letting them pass but sometimes those searches are not thorough.
The United States began controlling the airport around the time the Taliban took over the country. It’s the only ground U.S. troops control ahead of their planned withdrawal.
“Right now our focus is actually going forward ensuring another attack of this nature does not occur, because as you know the pattern is typically multiple attacks,” McKenzie said.
Biden has been briefed on the attack, according to the White House. Neither he nor any other White House officials have spoken publicly since the bombings.
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
YouTube appears to be planning a shift in focus of its massive censorship effort that has in the past year and a half grown exponentially around COVID and political issues, with mass removal of content considered to be misinformation being a prominent tool.
This is nothing new, but it seems that Google is gearing to “boost the boosting” of these channels. If past instances are anything to go by, this means that corporate media will benefit while independent creators can expect their views and revenues to suffer.
On the other hand, Mohan says that “rater guidelines for info quality” are publicly available – in other words, if you’d like to bring your content in line with YouTube’s policies, and politics, that can be done, too. Then this type of content will pass off as “free speech,” and Mohan claims a balance will be reached with “freedom of reach.”
If not, YouTube will clearly not be shy to continue to limit both, at will.
Read the whole thing here. This is why YouTube has vastly outlived its usefulness in terms of providing real, i.e. legitimate news. But continue to stick around for the music. After all, MTV worked so well.
“We need weapons to kill and subjugate the Afghan people under Sharia Law, but there’s just too much gear here!” said local Taliban leader Bob Muhammed. “There’s, like, billions of dollars and 20 years worth of weaponry around here, and now I can build a thriving business out of selling my wares to other terrorist folk who happen to pass through! Allah be praised!”
Republican lawmakers quickly reacted to the reports of terror outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, where thousands of American citizens and allies remain stranded as the Biden administration aims to stick to the Taliban’s August 31 deadline, concluding President Biden’s “incompetence has now cost American lives.”
Seriously, does anyone really care what the Republicans are whining about at this point?
What on earth will Joe Biden say this Sept. 11?
We know what he planned to say. He hoped to use the 20th anniversary to proclaim himself the president who had succeeded in doing what none of his predecessors—George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump—could: end the “endless war” in Afghanistan. The purpose of the artificial deadline was to provide Mr. Biden a dramatic backdrop for the speech he wanted to give.
The bungled exit has scuttled that plan. Worse, it has forever surrendered 9/11 to the Islamist fundamentalists. It is now what they meant it to be in 2001: their day of victory.
Read the whole excellent thing.