Information from Afghanistan: The Afghan Mahboobullah Sahil from Houston fears the worst for his household after the deadly assault in Kabul
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A Houston family from Afghanistan is currently stuck in the chaotic country.
He was so concerned for their safety that he didn’t want ABC13 to show their faces.
Mahboobullah Sahil said his brother narrowly escaped the deadly chaos outside Kabul airport on Thursday.
“He had his documents in hand. He was trying to get into the airport so he could fly and leave Afghanistan,” said Sahil.
Huge crowds of Afghans had shown their documents to American soldiers at the airport.
Two suicide bombers and armed men attacked crowds of Afghans pouring into Kabul airport on Thursday.
At least 60 Afghans and 13 US soldiers were killed in the attacks, Afghan and US officials said.
The U.S. general who oversaw the evacuation said the attacks would not stop the United States from evacuating Americans and others, and flights would continue.
General Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, said there was a high level of security at the airport and that alternative routes were being used to move evacuees. About 5,000 people were waiting for flights at the airfield, McKenzie said.
“Thank goodness it was too far from the gate and the location of the bomb explosion,” said Sahil. “So he ran away.”
Sahil said he and his brothers worked for the American military, making their family a target for the Taliban and terrorist groups like ISIS-K.
“They are the enemy of Afghanistan and also my enemies because they harm my people in Afghanistan,” he said.
The pictures of the dead and injured were hard to digest.
The only connection Sahil had with his family to make sure they were safe was his cell phone, which he had nearby.
“Afghanistan is still my country,” he said. “It’s my motherland. I will love my country, how much I love my parents and my family. So I was worried and I keep calling them.”
On Thursday, Sahil’s father told him that the family planned to stay out of the airport gates.
That made Sahil wonder if they would ever make it.
“I don’t think so,” he told ABC13. “Whether I’ll see her again or not … I’m 90% sure I won’t see her again.”
Sahil blamed the Taliban for this, but also the Afghan and US governments when the violence increased and troops withdrew.
“When all the military and soldiers leave Afghanistan, I don’t know what will happen afterwards,” he said. “I don’t know what the Taliban are going to do … ISIS. I have no idea. I know for sure that very bad things and different things will happen in Afghanistan.”
The withdrawal of American troops was due to take place at the end of the month.
In an emotional speech from the White House, US President Joe Biden said the recent bloodshed would not drive the US out of Afghanistan any earlier than planned and that he had instructed the US military to develop plans to attack ISIS.
“We are not forgiven. We will not be forgotten. We’ll hunt you down and make you pay, ”said Biden.
VIDEO: Pres. Biden’s remarks after the attack on Kabul
US officials initially said 11 Marines and one Navy medic were among the dead.
Another soldier died hours later. Eighteen soldiers were wounded and officials warned the casualty could rise. More than 140 Afghans were injured, said an Afghan official.
Meanwhile, a political science professor at Rice University said the way the Taliban govern and manage extremist groups will play a huge role in the country’s rebuilding and whether or not they receive global aid.
“Are the Taliban going to say, you know, ‘We can’t let groups like this do the way they did? [Thursday]? ‘ That in turn has to do with whether they want to be seen as legitimate international actors, “said Dr. Richard Stoll.” If they do, they must at least try to rule in extremist groups that are ready to commit dramatic acts of violence. . “
Stoll also said a majority of American voters support the withdrawal and will prioritize domestic issues in the 2022 midterm elections.
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