Chaos in Kabul: Two explosions leave dozens dead, many more injured in the midst of tense US military withdrawal
In DC, Biden's meeting with Israeli prime minister is delayed
Adding more chaos to an already tumultuous and rushed American withdrawal from Afghanistan, two suicide attacks rocked Kabul on Thursday evening leaving at least 30 U.S. and civilian casualties, according to The New York Times.
Four American marines were among the dead, according to several media reports.
ISIS-K, Islamic State Khorasan – a branch of the Islamic State terror group – has claimed responsibility. ISIS-K is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In a statement on Twitter, the Taliban condemned the "bombing of civilians at Kabul airport where security is in the hands of U.S. forces."
The attacks came just an hour before U.S. President Joe Biden was set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Washington. The meeting was delayed indefinitely as the situation in Kabul unfolds.
On Wednesday, the U.S. issued a security alert warning Americans to avoid the airport despite the Aug. 31 deadline to leave the country.
The Pentagon called the explosions "complex attacks."
"We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby tweeted.
The German Air Force has reportedly just left Kabul airport with all its soldiers on board.
The Kabul airport is the only place where foreigners and Afghans can leave the country before America's Aug. 31 military withdrawal deadline.
Nicole Jansezian was the news editor and senior correspondent for ALL ISRAEL NEWS.