Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui was among 13 servicemen killed in Afghanistan earlier this week following a suicide bombing at Kabul airport. Lance Cpl. Nikoui’s father, Steve Nikoui joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday to discuss his son’s service in Afghanistan and the consequences of his death.
Nikoui said he and his family were devastated by the news of his son’s death, but his wife, in particular, “was doing her best under the circumstances.”
Their whole family, Nikoui said, was concerned about the situation in Afghanistan during the last days of the United States’ presence in the country.
“The way the Taliban had infiltrated pretty much the whole country so quickly, and we were sort of, it seems, left at this little airport, really concerned me,” he said. “And the videos we were getting and the photos we were getting of him seemed a bit chaotic.”
Videos and photos of her son interacting with local Afghans, however, reassured the family of the situation.
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Nikoui told host Tucker Carlson that the troop withdrawal would have been very different if the US evacuation had come from Bagram Air Force Base, calling the situation at the airport a “turkey shoot”, “chaotic” and “not really planned”.
On the morning of the attack, Nikoui and his wife both woke up feeling unwell and began to monitor the news of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, trying to glean every possible detail about their son.
That evening, Nikoui was watching the cameras in his driveway, and as soon as he saw three men in navy uniforms round the corner, his “life changed forever”.
“I went there and met them before they even knocked on the door,” Nikoui said.
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Despite the devastating circumstances, Nikoui said the support he received from the Marines was “incredible”.
“These young men had so much empathy and were so concerned about me and my family,” he said. “I was just in awe and humbled by their performance.”
Lance Cpl. Nikoui was among 13 servicemen killed in a suicide bombing attack outside Abbey Gabe at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, the deadliest day for US troops in 10 years.
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