WASHINGTON: The 13 US army troops killed within the bombing assault on Kabul airport Thursday amounted to the worst single-day loss for the Pentagon in Afghanistan since 2011.
The US Protection Division stated 13 had been killed after two suicide bombers deployed by the Afghanistan department of the Islamic State group detonated their bombs by a key gate into the airport and at a close-by lodge used for staging evacuees.
The preliminary toll was 12, which elevated when a further service member died from his wounds.
Ten of these killed and several other wounded had been US Marines, Marine Corps spokesman Main Jim Stenger stated in a press release.
– Helicopter missions –
The 2-decade battle has value 1,909 US army lives in fight. The heaviest losses got here on August 6, 2011, when insurgents shot down a Chinook transport on a nighttime mission in Wardak province southwest of Kabul.
Thirty US American service members, together with 22 Navy SEALs particular operations troops, had been killed within the crash, in addition to eight Afghans and a US army canine.
Previous to that, the worst single-day toll additionally concerned a helicopter. On June 28, 2005, three Navy SEALs had been killed in a firefight after being flown into the mountains of the japanese Kunar province.
A helicopter loaded with reinforcements that was despatched to assist one SEAL nonetheless alive on the bottom and get better the our bodies of the three was shot down, killing 16 on board.
– Firefights –
Different main losses embody a firefight between scores of Taliban fighters and US troops in Wanat in Nurestan province in July 2008, which noticed 9 US troops killed.
Fifteen months later, in October 2009, eight Individuals died in an identical battle with a whole lot of Taliban fighters in Kamdesh, additionally in Nurestan province.
– Perceived allies –
The battle has additionally seen excessive tolls from assaults by perceived allies on the Individuals.
On April 27, 2011 eight members of the US Air Pressure and one US civilian had been shot lifeless in Kabul airport by an Afghan pilot.
And on December 30, 2009, a “triple-agent” whom US intelligence thought was on their aspect killed seven CIA officers and contractors, together with two others, at a CIA facility in japanese Afghanistan often called Camp Chapman.