Warnings of an imminent attack by terrorists on Kabul Airport in Afghanistan came true Thursday as 60 Afghans and 12 Americans were killed.
According to the Associated Press, two suicide bombers and gun-wielders were responsible for the carnage. Of the Americans killed, 11 were Marines and one was a Navy medic. Another 15 were wounded. Among the Afghans, another 140 have been wounded.
The assault came as U.S. and NATO allies worked to evacuate thousands of Westerners and Afghan allies by the Aug. 31 deadline.
President Joe Biden condemned the attack in a White House speech. “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said.
According to The New York Times, today’s incidents signal that the Taliban’s conquest of Afghanistan may be challenged by a more radical rival such as Islamic State Khorasan.
Additionally, resistance from former supporters of the ousted government is reportedly forming in remote mountain regions in the northeastern part of the nation.
After 9/11, the Northern Alliance played a major role – along with U.S. Special Forces and American air power in ousting the Taliban.
Another 100,000 COVID deaths possible
As many as 100,000 more deaths from the coronavirus could take place in the United States in the next three months if people don’t follow precautions.
That’s the word from Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the COVID-19 Modeling Consortium at the University of Texas. “Behavior is really going to determine if, when and how the current wave subsides,” she said, according to the Associated Press.
Mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and vaccination are the best defenses against the virus, she said.
United Press International is reporting that over 100 million Americans may have been infected with COVID-19. Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is suggesting that the number of cases is undercounted because of limited testing and the fact that most people who are infected have no symptoms.
Capitol police officers sue Trump, allies
A lawsuit was filed in federal court on Thursday against former President Donald Trump, adviser Roger Stone and right-wing extremists by seven officers of the U.S. Capitol Police.
The suit alleges that they conspired to use violence on Jan. 6 to stop Congress from certifying the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president of the United States.
According to USA Today, the stated aim of the legal action is to set a precedent of accountability. “We don’t want something like this happening ever again,” said Officer Jason De Roche.
Seven people died as a consequence of the attack on the Capitol, including one woman fatally shot by police and two officers who committed suicide in the aftermath of the riot.
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