The enormous American airlift that carried tens of hundreds of Afghans to security got here to an finish on Monday, the Pentagon introduced, however left tens of hundreds extra behind. And because the final planes departed, taking the final American troops with them, the American navy presence in Afghanistan vanished after 20 harrowing years.
The assault on Sunday was carried out in a tense environment, following the suicide bombing on the airport that killed at the very least 170 civilians and 13 U.S. service members.
With the Biden administration coming underneath withering criticism for its planning and execution of the evacuation of tens of hundreds of Americans and Afghans, the stress to keep away from a second assault was intense. The U.S. navy mentioned Saturday that it had killed the planner of that bombing in a special drone strike on Friday evening.
Relations who witnessed the explosion mentioned that Mr. Ahmadi and a number of other of the kids had been killed inside his automotive; others had been fatally wounded in rooms alongside the courtyard. The household’s SUV, parked subsequent to the Corolla within the tight confines of the courtyard, was set on hearth, whereas smoke stuffed the home.
Ms. Ahmadi, the motive force’s daughter, staggered outdoors, choking, and noticed the dismembered our bodies of her siblings and kin. “I noticed the entire scene,” she mentioned.
An Afghan well being official confirmed that native hospitals acquired a number of our bodies transferred by ambulance from the home, together with these of three youngsters. Afterward Monday afternoon, a funeral was held in Kabul with the victims’ 10 coffins, a number of of them closed as a result of the our bodies had been so disfigured.
Among the many victims was her cousin and fiancé, Ahmad Naser, 30, a former military officer and contractor with the U.S. navy who had come from Herat, in western Afghanistan, in hopes of being evacuated from Kabul.