Sorry…what!? The US military is now blaming Britain for the casualty toll in the Kabul bombing.
THE US military appears to have blamed Britain for the high death toll in Afghanistan’s Kabul airport, where 169 Afghans and 13 US service members were killed in a terrorist attack.
According to the Pentagon, they petitioned to close a gate at the airport before it was targeted by an ISIS-K suicide bomber last Thursday. However, US military leaders accused Britain of wanting to leave it open so that Afghans could be evacuated.
Survivors of the bombing claimed that American troops opened fire on the tens of thousands of evacuees.
Pentagon authorities feared a “mass casualty” attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport, according to leaked recordings obtained by Politico.
During a conference 24 hours before the attack, they warned that the Abbey Gate was the “biggest risk.”
American troops laid out preparations to close the border on Thursday, but the decision was made to allow the UK to continue evacuating people from Kabul.
Six hours later, a suicide vest-wearing ISIS-K terrorist killed himself and over 200 others.
The Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom did not respond to the allegations, but stated it had worked “closely” to facilitate the safe evacuation of Afghans.
“Throughout Operation Pitting, we worked closely with the US to secure the safe evacuation of thousands of people,” they stated in a statement.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the Americans killed in the tragic Kabul assaults and pledge our continued support to our closest ally.”
The US executed a drone strike against an ISIS member in Nangahar less than 48 hours after the attack.
According to Navy Captain William Urban, one person was killed in the strike, but no civilians were injured.
Following the catastrophic terrorist attack, US President Joe Biden authorized the action.
“The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American principles and while saving the lives of others,” Mr Biden said in a statement on Saturday.
“Thanks to their bravery and selflessness, more than 117,000 people in danger have reached safety thus far.
“In these perilous times, may God protect our military and all those on the lookout.”
Mr. Biden’s warning of “dangerous days” was echoed by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said the risks are still very genuine.
“Threats are,” he remarked on Saturday, according to Brinkwire Summary News.