According to a stunning report released by CNN, the ISIS-K terrorist who carried out a deadly suicide attack at the Kabul Airport had been released by the Taliban from the Bagram Air Base just a few days before the horrific bombing, which killed 13 U.S. Service Members and at least 170 Afghans.
The United States handed Bagram over the the Afghani military at the start of July, though the Taliban seized control of the airbase in August after Afghanistan’s military surrendered.
The vast majority of the prisoners that had been held at the Bagram Air Base had been terrorists.
Specifically, the Parwan Prison, located in Bagram, had held several hundred extremist members of ISIS-K, alongside multiple thousands of other prisoners. However, once the Taliban took control of the prisons, they not only released all their own associates, but also all the members of ISIS-K, which is one of its many regional terrorist associates.
Only 11 days later, one of those prisons carried out the deadly suicide bombing at Abbey Gate, which tragically killed 13 U.S. service members: one soldier, one sailor, and 11 Marines.
ISIS-K gloated about the attack afterwards, proudly identifying the suicide bomber as Abdul Rehman Al-Loghri. At this point in time, two separate officials have confirmed the identity of the suicide bomber.
The first media outlet to report the identity of the suicide bomber was FirstPost, an English-language news outlet in India.
The ISIS-K terrorist who carried out a suicide attack at the Kabul airport in August, which killed scores of Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, was released by the Taliban from the Bagram Air Base prison just days before the bombing, according to CNN reporting.
Nonetheless, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin continues to insist that leaving Bagram was the best decision to make.
He proclaimed that the retention of Bagram would have required “as many as 5,000 U.S. troops in harm’s way” merely to “defend” and “operate” it. Austin also proclaimed that defending Bagram would have done “little” with regards “to the mission [they] had been assigned.”
“Staying at Bagram, even for ‘counter-terrorism’, meant staying at war,” Austin added, noting that Biden had “made clear” he wants to cease the conflict.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said last week that the decision to leave Bagram was the right call.
Nonetheless, the latest revelation underscores the criticism levied against the Biden administration regarding its utterly disastrous handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
— Buddy Carter (@Buddy_Carter) October 6, 2021
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) October 6, 2021
Decision to give up Bagram looking even worse… https://t.co/LuayH1QBSb
— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) October 6, 2021
Remember: Not a single Biden Administration official has lost their job for this self-inflicted disaster. https://t.co/PIchtUUqEY
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) October 6, 2021