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that includes ten u.s. marines killed in two bombings near the kabul airport, 18 other service members wounded, some critically. at least 60 afghans were killed, close to 150 injured. today's attack took place as u.s. forces were helping thousands of americans and afghans evacuate from the country while also preparing to leave themselves. at least one of the attacks believed to be carried out by a suicide bomber during a path down body search at a crowded abbey gate to the kabul airport. hours earlier the u.s. and other western governments had warned about an imminent islamic state attack and urge their citizens to stay away from the airport. an offshoot of isis, a group called isis-k has claimed responsibility for the bombings. late this afternoon at the white house, during emotional remarks that included a moment of silence to remember the
victims, the president that retribution. >> to those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes america harm, no this. we will not forgive. we will not forget. we will hunt you down and make you pay. i will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command. this evening the flag atop the white house has been lowered to half staff, as where the flags over the u.s. capital, they are now just five days left to complete the evacuation, the drawdown in afghanistan. earlier this week, the president announced the august 31st deadline would not be extended, precisely because of security concerns surrounding the operation at the crowded airport. the white house says that despite today's bombings, neither the nda nor the mission has changed. >> i would note that more than
700,000 70,000 people were evacuated over the last 24 hours. that includes members from coalition partners. this is what the president is focused on, getting as many people on these planes, even as we are working to address security threats. >> indeed, the airbridge operation has been extraordinary. the administration says since the 14th of august, over 100,000 souls have been evacuated from afghanistan. it is estimated about 1000 americans remain. today the secretary of defense praise those service members who lost their lives, while affirming that forces on the ground will be, quote, not be dissuaded from the task at hand. and this afternoon, his boss, indeed, backed up that sentiment. >> i instructed the military, whatever they need, if they need additional force, i will grant it.
by the military, from the chairman of the joint chiefs, the joint chiefs, the commanders in the field, have all contacted me, one way or another, usually by letter, saying we subscribe to the mission as designed. to get as many people out as we can. within the timeframe. that is allotted, that is the best way to lead to get as many americans out as possible, and others. >> so even with that, and it's important that americans notice, our military commanders are warning they are still bracing for more attacks. >> we expect those attacks to continue. and we are doing everything we can to be prepared for those attacks. the plan is designed to operate while under stress. and we will continue to do that, we will coordinate very carefully, to make sure it is safe for american citizens to come to the airport.
if it is not, we will tell them to hold and work on other ways to get them to the airfields. we are committed to getting people out. >> today's attacks were the first u.s. combat related deaths in afghanistan since february 8th of 2020. 565 days ago. with that, let's bring in our starting line on this thursday, yamiche alcindor, pbs correspondent for pbs, moderator of washington week. white house reporter for the associated press. james laporta well for the associated press, notably a marine veteran. and clint watts, former fbi special agent, and a distinguished research fellow at the foreign policy research institute. good evening and welcome to you all. jim, i'd like to start with you, as someone who never misses any
of your posts, i am a ardent follower of yours. i start with my condolences to the core and military families. military friends of mine have been having such a hard time even before today's news hit, as i know you have. i hope we can stress that there are so many souls alive today because of these marines and service members, who were there for us and on duty. and to you, having served multiple tours, talk about where this happened, if you would, and talk about the mission from here. >> thank you for having me. there is a saying in the marines, there is no better friend and i think that is what we are seeing now. with what these service members have been displaying for weeks and days, that there is no better friend. especially when you see them on a humanitarian mission, like we are seeing now. the reports on the attack on
the hamid karzai international airport are against peace and life. and these are people who helped us in their service throughout the time we spent in afghanistan. and the attack today occurred, it was called the abbey gate. there are three gates that people have been going to. the abbey gate, the east gate, the north gate. this one occurred at the north gates. the gates into the kabul airport have been constantly opening and closing. and it really is depending on how many sivs and people are inside and have to be processed. but yeah, these are gates to perhaps, a better life. and it has been an overwhelmingly tragic day, not just for americans but the toll that the afghan people have taken today is a toll that is
not -- it is a toll that is different from any other day in afghanistan, frankly. there was generation upon generation of afghans who only know their former life and have grown up in it. >> yamiche, to jim's point, the tampa went from chaos to smooth, with remarkable speed, over 100,000 people have been able to start that new life, because of this air bridge. and then this today. we knew the final pull out was going to be rough. tell us about life in the west wing today. >> this is really a devastating day for america. it's a devastating day, of course, for our service members. and it is a devastating day for president biden, who started his remarks with that moment of silence. that empathetic yet searing moment. a moment that no president wants to do, now of course
president biden, he wants understands loss. his wife and two children. he started saying that this feels like a black hole for the family members. at the white house there was today crisis and catastrophe. yes, feeling that things were bad, but that the u.s. was going to stick to the deadline, and we have heard the president say, over and over again, and the days before this, that least no one had been killed. and he knocked on wood during that interview with george stephanopoulos. and that knock on wood, it's now a loud knock on wood, because people understand now the tragedy that the president is having to oversee here. and the responsibility for this is with him, he said, and the bucs talks with him. and he is going to have to contend with the idea that under this image of him under white house officials, that this is an attempt that was
going well, he now has dead soldiers and 60 dead afghans. and that is obviously complicating the messaging and the ability to say that this is going well. the other thing is this sense inside the west wing that the president is still doubling down that this is the decision he wants, that this is a good decision. i heard over and over again that the president wants to stick to that august 31st deadline because a terrorist attack like this could happen. things are risky and volatile. and they are more confident than ever that getting out as soon as possible is not what needs to happen. and the president said today that no war ends with everyone getting out. and that has been added mission from this government that there are going to be people who helped america, who are not going to be able to leave and help america and are going to be stuck with the taliban and these terrorists. >> clint, there is no good news from today, and so there is no celebrating anything, but i
will say this. what this wasn't was a failure of intelligence. somebody knew, somebody talked. perhaps it would have been worse without that alert that went out, what, 24 hours ago, about the lack of safety. and indeed the danger at the airport gates. i am wondering how it could have been better, however, based on that tip we had. >> brian i think we talked on tuesday that this was the worst-case scenario, that there could be a terrorist attack of some sort, t airport tt we still have intelligence capability. we knew this was coming on the warnings went out. i think what this shows is that this is not a place where we
dominate and control the airspace. when you think about bagram air base, we had been there for decades. we control the outside of the perimeter, we control the parameters, we had intelligence assets who would be out in one motion. we could extract and control the train. that is not the case now. the taliban, despite what you hear, and what is commonly said, of taking over the country, they have been in kabul for two weeks. they have been gone for two decades. sometimes there is this perception that has been going on in this town. and we have only been going back very recently. so we are in a very nefarious situation. and for isis, of course, on their timeline, it has been naturally accelerated to. we see the american forces go there. there is ten days, essentially, of american activity. it allows them to move all of the supply chain, all of their fighters, into kabul. i think we have a significant
risk here in the remaining 4 to 5 days as we try to finish out this operation. >> jonathan lynn here, here is more of president biden today. we will discuss on the other side. >> i bear responsibility for finding out what has happened and the reason why there were no attacks on americans, as you said, from the dates until i came in office, was because the commitment was made by president trump, i will be out by may 1st. and in the meantime, you agree not to attack any americans. that was the deal. that's why no american was attacked. i'm >> jonathan, let's say directly we live in the era of gaslighting and there are individuals from trump to pompeo and the like who are eager that we not remember the facts and the past. though, for his part today,
again biden appeared willing to own his part of this. >> that's right. and certainly president biden has not been shy, brian, to walk away from other agreements and deals that president trump made. this is one he honored, yes delayed, and certainly there is some truth to what he just said there. the taliban curbed their attacks against americans because of the steal, because they realize that the u.s. was leaving. they are certainly plans from trump himself, including on another cable network, those interviews, who want to portray him as far tougher in afghanistan. far tougher with the taliban then president biden has been. let's remember, that president trump floated the idea of meeting with the taliban at camp david on the 9/11 anniversary. it's hard to square that. with that top. but this is undeniably the
darkest day of president biden 's term in office. we saw the real sadness there. you saw him clearly overcome with the moment a few times. he has been telling people for more than a decade that he wants the american presence in afghanistan to end, to avoid situations like this. he knows what it is like to lose a son, a veteran. he did not want to ask any other americans to lose their sons or daughters in combat. he was deeply upset, of course, about what happened. and he is also backed it up with tough talk. and vowed to hunt down these alleged isis-k terrorists, and that is going to be a tall order, particularly with our assets leaving the nation, our intelligence ability diminished. our focus, of course just getting out as many as possible in the next days, before the withdrawal accelerates further. but he was honest today, brian, he said not everyone, americans
yes, but not every afghan ally will get out. that is going to be tough for people to hear. >> you are so, right jonathan, love the guy or not, we saw the entire range of his emotions through about a ten-minute stretch here. and sympathy to his pledge to unleash vengeance on those who did this. we are thankful that these guests have agreed to stay with us, through this quick break, we resume our discussion. as this withdrawal deadline approaches now. and later to the point of our last conversation, the president sets in motion a chain of events, not biden but trump we are talking about here. a deadly chain of events. but who will end up paying politically? we will get into it as the 11th hour is just getting underway on a somber thursday night. thursday night
on this broadcast i want to share your comments which were sadly oppression with our audience. >> in the islamabad state unfolded in syria, they don't really hold her territory, -- they can play spoiler, meaning they can execute an attack at the airport or against any sort of western target or the taliban and create a quagmire -- u.s. winning -- the u.s. until ban back into conflict. >> talking of course, about the isis-k organization that americans are hearing for all the wrong reasons for the first time. clint, talk people through what they need to know about isis-k and the taliban. these two terrorist organizations far from being affiliated with one another. >> that's right brian, there is some confusion on other broadcast so that was listening
to today. the taliban sheltered al-qaeda, osama bin laden's al-qaeda, which led to the 9/11 attacks. but going back about five or six years ago, the islamic state, then known as isis, began to break away from al-qaeda. this was a iraq and syria. but they also had a network of terrorist groups, which corresponds with the afghanistan, pakistan region. which was then a splinter and a talent challenger to al-qaeda. by extension, that makes them a challenger to the taliban. so to think of isis-k, they are younger generally, they are more about violence first and ideas second, and they are trying to create their own separate independent state. separately, al-qaeda is kind of scene as the older generation. they are more moderate by isis stands, which may seem crazy to us after the 9/11 era. but they also see the taliban as very moderate, trying to become like a state negotiating with other states. for them, the u.s. at this
airport, taliban around the airport, this is a double lemming for them. it puts them on the map. this spectacular attack today rejuvenate's the ranks of the time when isis hasn't had much to subvert over the last few years. so one of the things we should be looking for in the coming weeks and months is this will -- well this reignite the jihadist movement around the world? >> thank you for that explanation. jim, as you, know lots of talk about that garden spot of the high desert bob maher airbase. mostly in the media and on social media. i will play for you the portion of today's event where the paul -- president was asked about the airbase. >> did you personally reject a recommendation to hold, or to recapture, the airspace? >> they concluded, the military, we that bagram was not much of
value added, and it was much wiser to focus on capitol. so i followed that recommendation. we >> hear, now for both chairman members of our audience, some of the republican critics on the same topic. >> i think we should reach more airfields throughout the country. that will take troops on the ground, it will take a complete reassessment of our strategy. but the military can do. it >> would i personally would like to say, andrea, is the united states take back the airport, we should not have a banded it and bagram. >> we are going to expand this operation, i would get every single american out. and i would start killing bad guys. >> we jim, you want to give folks a reality check on what it would take to retake bagram airbase at this point? >> you would have to send him some regiment. and look i mean, i understand
the argument of why you would want bagram back. it has to airfields compared to hamid karzai's international airport which only has one. so i would understand the reason for why you would want to have. it i would also be curious who recommended to the president that bagram should be closed and given up. as a journalist, i would be very curious to know because ultimately the president decides even though he took the recommendation. that is his decision. but the reality is we have to search troops into afghanistan. which could possibly be another risk. we you could have more american casualties on your hands. how many more innocent afghans will die in that? that is the risk. that is the risk of going back and be taking everything. let's >> also jim, how would it if complicated the air bridge and getting people there.
you know bob run more -- much better than i do, my memories of this with -- vast space, and you are, right we are now limited to one major runway. it has nothing but space out there and did have a hardened perimeter. i remember the drive out there, the junk yards on the right, some of them with turrets of russian tanks, the gorka guards at the gate. but also, i remember it being over an hour north of the city more than what dallas is to national airport to new york, more than white kennedy airport is to midtown manhattan. would that have become its own issue? >> correct, and bagram, you are correct. the differences between karzai international airport is that it is in a metropolitan area and bagram is in the desert. but that does not make bagram any less prone to suicide bombers. it was just in 2019 where a suicide car bomb attacked a
convoy that was returning to bagram leading to the deaths of three marines. and i believe three or four were wounded in the attack. so bagram is no more -- a better defense at stopping suicide attacks then karzai's. so, you know. that's just the reality. >> yes thank you for that. you are right. point taken. yamiche, any reason to think look there is any room for mission creep here or was the lesson of the day watched the presidents words, look at his attitude, this, if anything, hardened his resolve? >> we based on my conversations with white house officials all day, this week's deadly attack, this murder of u.s. soldiers as well as afghans, really hardened the idea that president biden wants to have u.s. troops americans out of
afghanistan as soon as possible, that august 31st deadline is the deadline he wants to stick. to the biggest thing here is that there is no deadline for tracking down who is responsible for these attacks today. it is underscored by military officials, america is going to go after these people, as jonathan and others have noted, it will be very difficult to get to these isis k to individuals. but when it comes to with how president biden feels towards these individuals. we it feeds this nightmare scenario that americans would be killed in afghanistan. and so he wants to end this mission. of course, we have been talking in the last 20 days, this is a 20-year war. and before he became president, the president was eager to try to get out of afghanistan. while he's saying of course that he has responsibility for all of, this the president is also the one who is responsible for not just the decision to leave afghanistan, but also the decision for how it was carried out. and i think jim's point to all
the different in to -- airports were given up, how this perimeter was set up, i think those are big questions and that the president will have to contend with. even though he is hardened by his decision. i have been talking to veterans as well as people who are trying to get out of afghanistan, and they are all sort of scratching their heads as to how this was executed. so that is still going to be a big question that the president is going to have to continuously answer while he is sticks to the idea that he made the right decision >> jonathan lemire, if the planets are in line, the saints are with us, and if the white house does everything right from now on, and we have a peaceful evacuation, what are they perhaps hoping we will be talking about on september one as we watch a c-17 depart over cavill. what are they hoping the situation will be on september one? obviously, brian, first and
foremost, this is a humanitarian crisis and a tragedy. september one, the white house would hope that we are all saying that the last americans are out of the country and that most, if not all, of our afghan allies are as well. and that the last week plus of the evacuation went by largely without incident. because that is the fear, here today, of, course was a tragedy. it might not be the last one. there has been a lot of intelligence that u.s. officials have received in recent days according to senior aides that i have spoken. to the point to, they are perhaps more attacks like this in the ether. there is real concern that it will be very difficult to safeguard passage to the airport for americans and our allies to safeguard the airport itself, including the gate where the blast was. the other part of this, brian, i think the white house is hoping that we are -- what we are not talking about. on october 1st, or november, first and decembers, and they hope, we are not talking about afghanistan at all, that once the our presence and there, and
hopefully without much in the way of violence, we will have turned the page. that yes, of course, there will still be stories emitted from the taliban and the crackdown and the young girls there. yes, of, course there will be the concern that isis-k could be plotting other attacks there against afghan citizens or the west. that won't fade. but if we have moved on again to the president's domestic agenda, the battle against the pandemic, we are starting to look towards next year's midterms, hopefully economic return, that's with the white house keeps turning to. as tough as today was, most americans, per polling, still want the u.s. forces to be out of afghanistan. i feel like the president will eventually receive credit to bring this and war to an end and the troops home. i think that it is harder to see this reality at this moment. >> to our viewers though and to the pledge i made to jim, let us please remember the number of souls who will get to live
out their lives because of the brave souls, the heroes, who lost their lives today. jason -- adjacent to the airport. we are grateful to our starting line tonight, we yamiche, the north and the mayor, clint wall, we thank you all. with those who accuse the previous president we to have blood on his. hands the political finger-pointing continues after this break. is break i got you. ♪ all by yourself. ♪ go with us and get millions of flexible booking options. expedia. it matters who you travel with. do you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep? expedia. qunol sleep formula combines 5 key nutrients that can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up refreshed. the brand i trust is qunol.
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today from republicans following the deadly attack in kabul, kevin mccarthy has called for the house to return to the house to vote on a bill banning troops from afghanistan until all americans are evacuated. members of congress have demanded the president resign. we will talk about it with two of our friends, donna edwards a washington post columnist, and mark mckinnon, former adviser to john mccain and also a host of the circus on showtime. thank you for coming on. donna, we talk to you a few days ago, talked about your four trips to afghanistan as a member of congress.
we talked about the fact that you are critical of the start of the evacuation. but you agreed, the pace had smoothed out and quickened. what must happen next? >> well i think that the president is right. he needs to -- the military courts need to continue to be on a quick apace as they can to get our forces out, our afghan allies, out ngo leaders. i think that is the most important thing at this point. and frankly, in my view, the attack today underscored why it is that we need to be out of afghanistan. and also why it is that that needs to be done expeditiously by august 31st. and just such a tragic, a tragic loss of life today. >> mark, funny thing about some of the republicans. a congressman from upstate new york said the president had
blood on his hands. josh hawley saying he wants the president to resign. we are reminded that he tweeted -- and end america's forever war. what about all of these republicans demanding the resignation of the president of the united states? well, it is reprehensible and indefensible, brian. particularly when you think about precedent. i don't recall those voices when ronald reagan pulled out of beirut after marines were blown up then. or the bay of pigs from kennedy, or after 9/11 with george w. bush. and it just shows -- i mean, this is a time when we should be grieving and uniting. by the way, i thought that biden and his shift in tone today, i thought he owned it today, saying this is on me. and that is -- this is a time we need to come together, to make sure that we
have a cooperative effort to save and bring out as many americans and afghans out of the country as we can. it is not a time for politics. it is so -- it is really just sad, to see that the republicans have claw their way to the bottom, to the point where they can make politics out of the situation on a day like today. >> and donna, to mark's point, the point the washington post makes, i'll be reading from it at the end of the broadcast. that having lost these 13 heroic souls today, that message should mean we could try to get along just for half a second. in your view, donna, what should congress say and what should congress do right now? >> i think the tone that the president's truck is the right one. that we should be honoring, especially today, the service members who lost their lives and of course the afghan
another civilians who were taken in this attack. i think it is rather unseemly for people who call themselves leaders, some of whom have never served a single day in the services to the behave in this kind of way on this day. there is going to be plenty of time for congress to engage in appropriate oversights, to ask questions about the planning and the evacuation and all of those questions that the administration is and should be and will be prepared to answer. but that didn't need -- that kind of questioning and recrimination did not need to happen today. it really broke my heart. because i think that members of congress can at least take a day off to be patriots. and that didn't happen today.
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these isis terrorists will not win. we will rescue the americans out there. we will get our afghan allies out of there. and our mission will go on. america will not be intimidated. >> still with us tonight, donna edwards and mark mckinnon. mark, i was reminded last time we had you won a couple of days back, you said biden had reached the lowest point of his presidency. no one would've argued with that point. and then of course we were handed today. let us make clear that we, as
the news media, get stuff from constantly, big stuff, small stuff. we got an overblown sense of the destruction of norms under donald trump's thinking, every one of them would be certain political suicide. is it possible that even with today's tragedy for sticking with his convictions, for speaking forthrightly, for seeing the mission as he does, and let's hope seeing it through, the consequences politically, and it seems uncomfortable to have such a naked lead political discussion on this very day, the consequences politically for biden could be minimal? >> that's true brian. it's hard to imagine that it could get any worse than this week. biden ran on and doing the chaos, getting covid under control, and doing so through competency with a steady hand
internationally. and on all of those measures, that has collapsed. if you flash forward and year from now, it seems like it would be hard to recover from this. but think about it, a year from now, one covid is under reasonable control and there is not some other huge surge killing thousands of americans, and if we are out of afghanistan and have gotten out most, if not all americans and afghans who helped us or others who want to get out, as people look in the rearview mirror, that's what we like to do. he said he was going to get out of afghanistan, he wants to get covid out of under control, if he does that in a year from now, i have we hope for democrats in the midterms in 2024. it could be a good turnaround. >> donna, this is from our friend eugene robinson at the post, quote --
a point, donna, the president made almost word for word for himself today. >> well i absolutely agree. in fact, ten years ago i called for withdrawal from afghanistan. this got -- this conversation is a decade old. i think that the president, today, as he has been, was very resolute about the decision to leave. a year from now, i'm not sure that americans are going to quibble about the how. right now, the administration, the military, has evacuated
104,000 people. the majority of them are afghan citizens. and i think that that is going to be the lasting memory. these tragic events, and the tragic events today, those souls that are lost, today will be remembered as a last -- the last lives lost in afghanistan after 20 years. >> mark mckinnon, you and i have a little age on us between the two of us. i was thinking of as market a change in tone between back to back presidents as the one we are witnessing, maybe ike to kennedy, maybe carter to reagan, but trump to biden's extraordinary to watch. >> we mark mckinnon, we have lost mark mckinnon. either that or he is very good at maintaining one facial expression. go softly into the night with
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tonight, the president repeatedly insisted that he has got to stick to this 31 august evacuation timeline, deadline, because of the threat posed by isis k. this is the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for these attack in kabul that has attacked over a dozen u.s. service members. andrea mitchell has our report tonight on this group and their
motivations. >> u.s. officials have been warning for days about the threat from isis-k, culminating in a rare last night for americans to stay away from the airport gates. a warning that proved all too true today. what is we isis-k? and offshoots enough jettison of the islamic state that originated in iraq, created six years ago in pakistan, and avowed enemy of the u.s. and rival to the taliban. >> it is extremely real, we have been talking about this several days. we saw it manifest itself in the last hours. >> thousands of hard-core islamic commanders were released by taliban, since the taliban takeover easily mingling with the teeming masses in kabul. the u.s. house secretary of state warns that this was a
real threat. >> isis-k is not the only terror threat. the taliban is named their leader of its most radical branch, the haqqani network, in charge of security at the airport. we >> he brazenly showed up in friday prayers and kabul last week. they have strong ties to al-qaeda in the mix. what is clear is that the taliban -- the question, is how will will the president deliver his response? >> our thanks to andrew mitchell for that report tonight. another break for us and coming up, for most of us, it is a thursday night. for over a dozen american families, they will forever know this night as the worst of their lives. worst o their lives.
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folded flag on the mantle on behalf of the grateful nation. please remember, in the next few days, and god forbid if there are other attacks, that the dead we mourn tonight were volunteers. every one of. them they raise their hands, they were willing to do more than most americans are. they said yes, send me, i will serve my country. i will learn how to fight and take on great peril. and in a nation without a draft or compulsory national service, the military of today are drawn from what is become a kind of permanent warrior class. put another way, if just anyone could do it, they would, but they don't, they can't. think of the danger, in a crush of often shrouded people, shouting a language that you that you don't understand, your job is to pad down desperate individuals, so close and intimate as their commander general said today, you can feel their bread --
breath upon. you today, during that moment, one of those individuals blew themselves up. the washington post tonight suggests the best way to honor the debt is for us to get along. however briefly. as they put it, quote -- and of quote. and of this dark day. that is our broadcast for this thursday night with our thanks for being here with us. on behalf of all of our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, goodnight. t. tonight on all in.
>> we will not forgive, we will not forget. we will hunt you down and make you pay. >> u.s. service members an afghan nationals killed in an attack at the afghan airport. tonight what we know by the bombing and what it means for ending the war. then -- >> your name has been battered about on the internet, but you've never been officially publicly identified. do you want to tell us who you are? >> and nbc news exclusive, the capitol police officer responsible for killing and shooting ashli babbitt speaks out for the first time. why he's revealing his identity now and why he chose to shoot. >> we are ultimately hoping that your commands will be complied with, and unfortunately they were not. all that and former attorney general eric