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Remember when U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had trouble answering Senator Rand Paul’s question about whether the U.S. killed the correct bomber who killed 13 U.S. soldiers at the Kabul Airport? “Was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?” Paul pressed Blinken.
“I don’t know because we’re reviewing it,” Blinken told Paul.
That exchange took place on September 14. Days later, U.S. officials confirmed they killed the wrong person with a drone strike that actually killed 10 civilians, including up to seven children.
Now we’re learning via CNN’s Clarissa Ward, who is back in Kabul, that the actual suicide bomber who blew up a bomb in a crowd of people waiting to get over a wall and onto planes that would take them out of the country, was actually released from a Bagram Air Base by the Taliban just days before the blast when the Afghan national military folded.
CNN: Kabul airport suicide bomber was released from Bagram Air Base by the Taliban days before the attack that killed 13 U.S. service members. pic.twitter.com/dozG4vzHRm
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 6, 2021
“This is bound to reignite the debate about the U.S. handing over Bagram Air Base to the Afghan National Army,” Ward said, adding that officials now say the Taliban emptied out the prison and the terrorist made his way to Kabul where he blew himself up and killed the U.S. soldiers.