Describe the Persecution of Christians in Kabul, Afghanistan Post United States Evacuation
After theto theon 15 August 2021, Hamid Karzai International Airport was the only way out of Afghanistan.Security concerns grew after hundreds of members of the Islamic State Khorasan Province escaped from jails atand.On 16 August,warned theabout the increased threat of a terrorist attack byfollowing the fall of Kabul the previous day.US Presidentreceived multiple reports of a possible attack during the week preceding the attack,and warned on 22 August in remarks from thethat the longer US troops remained in the country, the greater the threat that ISIS would pose to American personnel and civilians near the airport.
Hours before the attack, US diplomats in Kabul warned American citizens to leave the airport because of security threats.United Kingdomhad also warned of a highly credible threat of attack at the airport by ISIS militants.The embassies of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia also warned about high-security threats involving the airport.
Amid the 2021 evacuation from Afghanistan, a crowd of local and foreign civilians fled to the airport to be evacuated.At Abbey Gate, one of the gates into the airport, a suicide bomber detonated an.After the explosion, gunfire erupted and all gates to the airport were closed.US officials said that IS-KP gunmen opened fire into the crowd after the explosion and US troops returned fire.According to several reporters, eyewitnesses attributed at least some of the gunfire into the crowd and consequent deaths after the explosion to panic by US troops.The Pentagon acknowledged the possibility of US responsibility for some deaths in a news conference on 28 August.
The explosion occurred by a canal where US forces were checking evacuees’ passports, visas and other documentation before allowing them inside the airport. An eyewitness stated that the explosion felt as if someone had pulled the ground from under his feet, and saw other evacuees thrown into the air by the force of the blast.Initial reports erroneously stated that a second explosion had taken place at the nearby Baron Hotel.The following day, it was confirmed that there was no such second explosion