Bomber Who Killed American Troops Was Let Out Of Afghan Prison Days Earlier

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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.

“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.

“Retaining Bagram would have required putting as many as five thousand U.S. troops in harm’s way, just to operate and defend it. And it would have contributed little to the mission that we had been assigned, and that was to protect and defend our embassy which was some 30 miles away,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said last week during hearings on Capitol Hill. “Staying at Bagram — even for counter-terrorism purposes — meant staying at war in Afghanistan, something that the President made clear that he would not do.”
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Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.

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