Suicide bombers targeted civilians and US forces at the city’s international airport, leading to massacres and destruction. The Pentagon said at least 12 US service members, including 11 Marines and a Navy medic, were killed in the attacks. The Afghan The Ministry of Health also confirmed to CNN that up to 60 civilians died in the blasts, and many more were injured.
“Melania and I send our deepest condolences to the families of these brilliant and courageous service members whose duties to the United States meant so much,” the former US president said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are also with the families of the innocent civilians killed today in the brutal Kabul attack,” he added.
“This tragedy should not have been allowed to happen, which makes our grief deeper and more difficult to understand,” he added.
His wife Melania also expressed on her Twitter account her deepest condolences.
And former FLOTUS channel posted: “We pray for the families and loved ones of the Marine heroes who were killed in Kabul and for all those who are suffering during this difficult time.”
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombings.
The Amaq Agency, which is responsible for the Islamic State, said through its Telegram channel, that the operative Abd al-Rahman al-Loghari had carried out the “martyrdom operation near Kabul airport.”
In a statement on his website titled “The President’s Surrender,” he wrote: “Joe Biden promised Americans a future of growth, strength, diplomacy and power.
“America is back,” he told us. Instead, he pulled troops out of Afghanistan before removing our weapons, allies, or even our own citizens.
“Joe Biden has retreated to our enemies and failed to protect our allies. Under Joe Biden, the Taliban is back – not America.”