Biden speech today LIVE – President addressing Marines & service members killed in Kabul airport bombing after ‘mic cut’

PRESIDENT Joe Biden will address the nation tonight after the deadly Kabul airport bombings.

Biden will speak on the terror attacks from the White House at 5pm after 12 US troops were among 60 people killed and 140 injured in "ISIS" suicide bomb attacks today.

Two explosions rocked the airport in Afghanistan just hours before the evacuation deadline.

Thousands of people have gathered at the airport over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated after the Taliban seized power.

A senior Afghan health official told the BBC that at least 60 people had been killed and 140 others hurt.

At least 12 US service members were killed in the bombings, including 11 Marines and one Navy medic, while 15 were injured, the Pentagon said.

A third blast was reportedly heard at the airport hours after the earlier two.

Read our Joe Biden live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Mollie Mansfield

    ONE DAY AFTER AUDIO CUT ON BIDEN ANSWERING QUESTIONS

    Biden was finishing a cybersecurity briefing on Wednesday when reporters started shouting questions at the president.

    NBC journalist Peter Alexander asked: “If Americans are still in Afghanistan after the deadline, what will you do?”

    Biden quipped: "You’ll be the first person I call" but the White House had already cut the audio.

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    LOCAL JOURNALIST SAID EMERGENCY VEHICLES HAVE STRUGGLED TO GET TO THE SCENE

    Sky News was told by TOLO News journalist Rajab Taeib, who is on the ground in Kabul, that lots of wounded people have been transferred to an emergency hospital. 

    While this has happened, Rajab says it's been "extremely difficult" for emergency vehicles to get to the scene of the blasts.

    He says it's because of the number of people in the area and the overall security situation. 

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    U.S. OFFICIALS WARN THERE COULD BE MORE SUICIDE ATTACKS

    U.S. officials have said they were concerned further attacks could occur at Kabul airport following earlier twin blasts by suspected suicide bombers. 

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    WHO ARE ISIS-K?

    The terrorist group – estimated to be up 10,000 in number and originally formed in 2015 – have been a consistent threat to security in Afghanistan, carrying out brutal suicide bombings and vile ceremonial executions.

    The "K" refers to the historical region of Greater Khorasan, which covers Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and others.

    Despite efforts from the West, the Afghan government, and even the Taliban to fight them back – they are feared to try and seize upon the chaos sown by the country's collapse.

    They are led by terrorist warlord Shahab al-Muhajir, a former al-Qaeda fighter, who took power in April 2020 after their previous boss, Abdullah Orokzai, was captured by Afghan forces.

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    WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ISIS-K AND THE TALIBAN?

    Despite the fact that this branch of Islamic State was formed by militants who splintered from the Taliban the two groups remain enemies.

    While intelligence officials believe al-Qaida fighters are integrated among the Taliban, the Taliban, by contrast, have waged major, coordinated offensives against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

    Taliban insurgents at times joined with both the U.S. and U.S.-backed Afghan government forces to rout the Islamic State from parts of Afghanistan's northeast.

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    U.S. SENATOR: WE CAN’T TRUST THE TALIBAN WITH AMERICAN SAFETY

    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, who sits on the Senate’s influential Foreign Relations Committee, has called the situation in Kabul “a full-fledged humanitarian crisis.”

    He said that “U.S. government personnel, already working under extreme circumstances, must secure the airport and complete the massive evacuation of Americans citizens and vulnerable Afghans desperately trying to leave the country.”

    “I understand that American personnel were among the casualties and my prayers are with the victims of this cowardly attack and their families,” Menendez said. “As we wait for more details to come in, one thing is clear: We can’t trust the Taliban with Americans’ security.”.

    The Taliban have agreed not to harm foreign service people provided they leave the country by 31st August as part of a deal agreed with the U.S last year.

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    PENTAGON OFFICIAL UNAWARE OF ANY UK CASUALTIES

    Marine Corps General Kenneth F McKenzie Jr said he was not aware of any UK military casualties in the suicide bombings outside Kabul airport.

    In a press briefing on the attacks which have killed at least 12 US military personnel, he said: "As far as I know no UK military casualties as a result of that".

  • Mollie Mansfield

    'I SAW DOOMSDAY' SAYS SURVIVOR OF BLAST AT ABBEY GATE

    For one man, a former employee of an international development group with a U.S. special immigrant visa, the day began early.

    He joined thousands of people around the airport hoping to clear the gates and get onto one of the flights ferrying in and out in the final days of the airlift.

    He had been in the queue near the airport's Abbey Gate for around 10 hours when, at around 5 pm, a powerful explosion went off.

    "It was as if someone pulled the ground from under my feet; for a moment I thought my eardrums were blasted and I lost my sense of hearing," he told Reuters.

    "I saw bodies and body parts flying in the air like a tornado taking plastic bags … into the air. I saw bodies, body parts, elderly and injured men, women and children scattered in the blast site.

    "It is not possible to see doomsday in this life, but today I saw doomsday, I witnessed it with my own eyes."

  • Mollie Mansfield

    AT LEAST TWO EXPLOSIONS

    Two explosions rocked the airport in Afghanistan just hours before the evacuation deadline.

    Thousands of people have gathered at the airport over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated after the Taliban seized power.

  • Mollie Mansfield

    ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY

    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Kabul airport suicide bomb attacks which killed at least 60 people today.

    The terror group released a picture of one of the suicide bombers, identified as Abdul Rehman Al-Loghri.

    Twelve US troops are among 60 people killed and 140 injured in the attacks.

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    REPUBLICANS SLAM BIDEN

    Amid the unfolding chaos, Republicans are slamming the Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan.

    Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene was among those calling for impeachment, tweeting: “Explosions at Kabul airport. The Biden/Harris administration is fully to blame for ALL of this.

    "We have no choice. We must #ImpeachBiden, and keep moving down the line. They are all complicit.”

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    BLAST CARNAGE COMES AS:

    • Hours before UK and US governments warned Kabul Airport faced ‘imminent, highly lethal’ attack
    • Desperate Afghans were told ‘forget airport and run for border’ to flee from Taliban
    • Ex-Marine Pen Farthing and his 200 animals were blocked from airport by Taliban
    • Taliban took a US Black Hawk helicopter for joy ride after seizing 200,000 firearms

    POSSIBLE TERROR ATTACK WARNING CAME LAST NIGHT

    Last night the UK and US warned of a possible terror attack as militants take advantage of the chaos in Kabul as thousands try to get to the airport and on flights to get out of the area.

    And an Italian military plane with 100 Afghans on board was hit by gunfire earlier today.

    The plane was not damaged in the incident, a source at Italy's Defence Ministry said.

    PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON SPEAKS OUT

    Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby said on Twitter: "We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties.

    "We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update."

    • Mollie Mansfield

      BODIES SEEN IN SEWAGE CANAL

      Bloodied survivors were raced from the scene in wheelbarrows, according to local TV news channels.

      Shocking footage showed desperate loved ones searching through dozens of bodies in a sewage canal on the outskirts of the airport.

      At least 13 people – including children – have been killed, according to Russia's Foreign Ministry.

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      ATTACKS MAY BE 'ONGOING'

      A source told Fox News that the attacks in Kabul may be an "ongoing event" – with more violence to come.

      One of the bombers reportedly hit people standing in a wastewater canal – sending bodies flying into the water.

      People waiting desperately for a space on a flight out of Afghanistan were seen carrying those who had been wounded to ambulances, their clothes covered in blood.

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      TWO 'SUICIDE BOMBS'

      A US official confirmed the first blast was caused by a suicide bomb, with initial reports suggesting the second explosion was a car bomb.

      Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said one explosion occurred near buses lined up outside Abbey Gate and the other close to the nearby Baron Hotel. 

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      12 US TROOPS KILLED

      A senior Afghan health official told the BBC that at least 60 people had been killed and 140 others hurt.

      At least 12 US service members were killed in the bombings, including 11 Marines and one Navy medic, while 15 were injured, the Pentagon said.

      Thousands of people have gathered at the airport over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated after the Taliban seized power.

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      BIDEN TO SPEAK ON AFGHAN ATTACKS

      President Biden is set to address the country at 5pm ET on Thursday afternoon.

      It comes after 12 US troops were killed in a deadly explosion in Kabul today.

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