Taliban Kills ISIS Terrorist Who Directed Attack Killing 13 US Troops During Afghanistan Withdrawal

 April 26, 2023

The August 2021 suicide bombing mastermind, who directed the killing of 13 U.S. service members during the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, has been killed by the Taliban. The intelligence comes from a senior administration official according to Fox News Digital.

The official stated that the ISIS-K operative behind the suicide bombing at the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26, 2021, was eliminated "in a Taliban operation." Reportedly the Biden administration had only "recently become aware" of the fact, according to the official who stated that they were not notified of the operation by the Taliban, but rather learned of it through U.S. intelligence streams.

Explaining that the United States did not conduct a joint operation with the Taliban, the official said-

"This was a Taliban operation,"… "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."

-Senior Administration Official

The bombing killed 11 Marines, one Navy sailor, one Army soldier and also left more than 150 civilians dead. Additionally, eighteen U.S. service members were wounded in the bombing. It was a truly a tragic and senseless loss of life that should never have happened.

Previously reporting on the incident, Fox had said that, after the Taliban seized control of the facility, the suicide bomber had been a prisoner who was released from Bagram Air Base on Aug. 15, 2021. However, the official could not disclose the name of the individual, but told the outlet, that intelligence analysts and the U.S. government characterized the individual as-

 "the mastermind of that awful attack" [who] "directed that awful attack." [who had still been engaged in efforts to] "perpetrate violence" and had "remained a key ISIS-K figure."

-Senior Administration Official

According to the outlet, 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 a development worth communicating to grieving families," adding "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."

-Senior Administration Official

However, Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover’s father, whose son, a U.S. Marine from Utah that was killed in the attack said, that the Biden administration needs to be held accountable. After he was notified on Tuesday of the developments related to his son’s death, said-

"To me, it feels like it's a victory lap for them, for the administration – that the Afghanistan debacle is over and done with, we’ve taken out the main planner, or the Taliban’s taken out the main planner, and this whole thing can be put behind us," …"Well, bullcrap. No, that doesn’t sit well with me."

-Darin Hoover, father of killed Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover

The official, continuing to defend (and even excuse) the Biden administration’s position, said that Biden "made a commitment" after the withdrawal that the United States continues to address-

"those who killed and wounded our service members and others, or who continued to use Afghanistan as a base for external plotting, would face consequences." […adding the U.S.] "would never take our eye off of the terrorism threat that might emanate from Afghanistan and that we retain the capacity needed from over the horizon to address any potential threat to the homeland."…."So, we've done that," stating… "We have rigorously monitored what has been happening in Afghanistan for the past many months."…

-Senior Administration Official

Boasting that the military operations under Biden’s direction, have taken out terrorists around the globe who have to date have had - "the ability to conduct attacks against the U.S. or our interests abroad from Afghanistan." – seems hollow by comparison to the loss of lives that were experienced in this massively careless and poorly executed U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

It was an administrative debacle of epic proportions, that confirmed the Biden administrations weak and clearly lax consideration of the U.S governments’ commitment to the safety of American personnel, its own military and those of the Afghan people who pledged their supported and very lives to American efforts there.

In addition to the clearly tragic loss of life, thousands were left behind that day, to be captured and killed by opposing forces. This was and continues to be a sad testimony to America’s resolve, and a huge black hole this nation may never climb out of. It was and continues to be nothing to minimize or much less to brag about.

Those of the U.S. service members killed in the suicide bombing that day, as they conducted the massive evacuation effort to save U.S. citizens and Afghan allies, that America continues to remember and honor includes-

“Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, U.S. Marine from Utah; Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, a U.S. Marine from Massachusetts; Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, a U.S. Marine from California; Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, a U.S. Marine from California; Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, a U.S. Marine from Nebraska; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, a U.S. Marine from Indiana; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, a U.S. Marine from Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, a U.S. Marine from Missouri; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, a U.S. Marine from Wyoming; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, a U.S. Marine from California; Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, a U.S. Marine from California; Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, a Navy corpsman from Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, a U.S. Army soldier from Tennessee.”

-Fox News

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