Monday August 15 marks the one year anniversary since the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan – which kicked off weeks of a botched US scramble to evacuate the remaining army, State Department, and ALL OF US civilians from the Afghan funds. Tens of thousands of translators and other Afghans arrived at the airport in waves, desperate to get away amid the Taliban onslaught.
As the US-propped up president Ashraf Ghani has been among the first officials to flee the country , reportedly along with some $169 mil raided from state coffers , local Afghan troops also melted away, enabling the Taliban to 03 into Kabul with ease. From there a chain of events saw what was after that known as Hamid Karzai International Airport descend into chaos as being a poorly prepared US and international coalition security edge struggled to prevent the ton of people desperate to escape the particular war-torn country from overpowering the runways.
On August twenty six, 2021, a suicide bomber attacked the crowded airport entry gate, killing scores of Afghan civilians and 13 American troops, mostly Marines . Approximately 45 additional US soldiers had been wounded in the blast, considered among the greatest US military disasters in more than two decades of occupation considering that 2001.
In the months following, not only was the Biden administration under fire for what was obviously a woefully ill-prepared and disorganized pullout of the nation (importantly which also apparently left thousands of dual citizens behind, in addition to tens of thousands of nearby Afghan translators and coalition partners), but the Pentagon came under scrutiny as well for placement Marines on extremely exposed perimeters and checkpoints because “ sitting ducks” with regard to potential terror attacks.
Following a Pentagon investigation from the events leading to the deadly suicide attack, not a single American general, officer, or Biden management official was ever self-disciplined or so much as held responsible . Instead, they had the particular gall to declare the pullout a “ success”. Multiple US agencies on a lawn had also failed to assess what they’d be dealing with amid the rapid US pullout, with one following review finding these :
The statement calls out the State Division, which had been in charge of expulsion plans and timelines, for deeply underestimating the amount of refugees they would be sending to United states bases.
“ For example , upon August 18, 2021, Ramstein Air Base leadership was informed they had to prepare to get 2, 500 evacuees, ” according to the report. “ Less than 2 weeks later, 28, 517 evacuees had arrived at Ramstein Air Base. ”
Then one year on, tragedy remains compounded for those still mourning the 13 US workers killed on Aug. 26.
Fox News is reporting Sunday that the brother of one of the slain Marines took their own life at a one-year memorial service :
The brother of a youthful Marine killed during the Oughout. S. withdrawal from Afghanistan reportedly died simply by suicide a year later during a recent memorial service for the fallen service member .
Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, from Norco, California, has been one of 13 American soldiers killed on Aug. twenty six, 2021, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside of the Kabul airport as locations of Americans and Afghan allies sought to run away Taliban fighters taking over control of the capital city.
Almost a year later, Nikoui’s big brother, 28-year-old Dakota Halverson, passed away on Aug. 9 , a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department within California confirmed, though providing few details.
“ The particular older brother of one of the 13 KIA in Kabul lately killed himself at his little brother’s memorial, ” Rep. Mike Waltz, associated with Florida announced Saturday on Twitter. “ Please pray for his family. There MUST be accountability with this continued carnage . ”
Fox underscores while referring to Shana Chappell, mother of two departed sons, “ Chappell and the fallen Marine’s dad, Steve Nikoui, have been vocal critics of President Biden’s principal military officer, Chairman of the Shared Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, about the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last August following a 20-year conflict. ”
But if there’s been 1 constant to come out of the devastating Afghan war and botched pullout – it’s the comprehensive lack of any accountability spanning multiple administrations and army commands. The same trend continues to be seen in Iraq, with lower-ranking US troops as well as untold numbers of local civilians keeping the brunt of the follies of US politicians and generals.
Additionally, it seems that all the Washington battle machine and neocon designers of the so-called Global War on Terror have to show for two decades of military interventionism is a Middle East in flames, instability, plus continued economic unraveling. Syria too, is still directly occupied by US troops in its oil-rich northeast region .