Department of Defense officials are expected to hold a news briefing Thursday on the situation in Afghanistan after the terror attacks on the Kabul airport that left dozens dead, including several US Marines.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby and Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor were set to speak at 10:30 a.m. but the briefing was delayed amid the chaos in Afghanistan, and rescheduled for 3 p.m., according to CNN.
Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Kabul’s international airport early Thursday, leaving at least 40 dead and 120 injured, according to Afghan officials.
One explosion occurred when the ISIS bomber detonated their vest outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport’s Abbey Gate, the airfield’s main entrance — where a crowd of Afghans were standing in a canal waiting to try and get on evacuation flights, according to reports.
The second blast was a short distance away, outside the nearby Baron Hotel.
The Pentagon confirmed the explosions and said that “a number of US service members” were killed and several others injured.
The dead included several Marines, officials told The Associated Press. A number of US troops were also wounded.
President Biden has yet to issue a comment on the attacks. He was in the situation room throughout the morning being briefed on the situation, according to reports.