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Taliban kill Islamic State leader who masterminded airport bombing that left 13 US service members dead

The Tailban has killed a leader of the Islamic State group who was responsible for the Kabul Airport suicide bombing which left 13 US military personnel dead.

The US military notified the families of 11 marines, a sailor, and a soldier who were killed in an explosion during the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan.

On 26 August 2021, a bombing that took place outside Hamid K. Karzai International airport also claimed the lives of approximately 170 Afghans.

According to the mother of a marine, family members of US personnel shared information via a private chat group.


US officials who spoke with the Associated Press under the condition of anonymity confirmed the account given by the families.

Early April, the IS leader, who has yet to be identified, was assassinated in southern Afghanistan.

According to an official, the Taliban was conducting a number of operations against the Islamic State Group.

The official said that at the time the Taliban did not know the identity of the victim they killed.

Image: Coffin containing the remains of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant. Darin T.Hoover is carried by Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Photo: AP

“It won’t bring Taylor back”

The attack on Abbey Gate occurred as thousands of Afghans attempted to board crowded planes to flee their country following the Taliban takeover.

At that time, the UK and the US were evacuating thousands of citizens.

Darin Hoover said that the death of the leader of the Islamic State group, who was not identified, does nothing to assist them.

He said: “I understand that whatever happens, it won’t bring Taylor back.

“The only thing I and his mother can do is to be his advocate.” We only want the truth. We’re not getting the truth. “That’s the frustrating bit.”

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Afghan withdrawal “a catastrophe”

His son was one of thousands of servicemen screening Afghans attempting to board a flight out of Afghanistan.

Kelly Henson and Mr Hoover, the mother of his son, spent the last year and a quarter grieving for the death of 31-year-old, and prayed for Joe Biden’s government to be held accountable for its handling of the withdrawal.

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He said that on Tuesday, the Marines only gave him limited information and didn’t identify the leader nor give any details about his death.

The 2021 explosion came after Western officials warned that a major terrorist attack was imminent and urged people to leave.

Many Afghans wanted to leave the country during the final days of the evacuation led by the US before it officially ended its presence in Afghanistan after 20 years.

The Taliban’s greatest enemy is the Afghanistan-based branch of the Islamic State.

Since the Taliban took over, the group has carried out attacks against Afghanistan’s minorities.


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