The ISIS-K suicide bomber who carried out a terrorist attack at Kabul
airport in late August, killing 13 US service members and dozens of Afghans, had
been released from a prison near Kabul just days earlier when the Taliban took
control of the area, according to three US officials.
Two US officials, as well as Rep. Ken Calvert, a California Republican who said he had
been briefed by national security officials, said the suicide bomber was released from
the Parwan prison at Bagram airbase. The US controlled the base until it abandoned
Bagram in early July. It had turned over the prison to Afghan authorities in 2013.
The revelation underscores the chaos around the final days of the withdrawal from
Afghanistan and the struggle of the US to control a rapidly deteriorating situation
around the airport as it relied on the Taliban to secure the perimeter of the airport.
Marines, one soldier, and one sailor. They would be the last US troops killed in
Afghanistan is part of America’s longest war. As of Tuesday, one Marine injured in the
attack remains in a serious but stable condition at Walter Reed Military Medical
Center near Washington, the Marine Corps