The fathers of two Marines killed in Thursday’s suicide bombing at Kabul airport have expressed outrage at the US government’s handling of the withdrawal of US forces, with one claiming President Biden “had turned the corner. back “to his murdered son.
“They sent my son there as a paper pusher and then brought the Taliban out for security,” Kareem Nikoui’s father Steve Nikoui told The Daily Beast. “I blame my own military commanders.… Biden has turned his back on him. That’s it.”
Steve Nikoui told the website that he was informed of his son’s death by a group of Marines who showed up at his door on Thursday evening. Elder Nikoui said he stayed home after hearing the news of Thursday’s attack and was “glued to the television” while waiting for any news from his son.
Nikoui said the Marines who broke the dreaded news were “more hushed up than me.”
“I was actually trying to console them,” he said. “But at the same time, I just wanted them out as soon as possible so that no one in my family would come back to see them. I thought it was appropriate that I could tell them.”
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Before being sent to Afghanistan, Kareem Nikoui had been stationed at Camp Pendleton, near the family home in Southern California. Steve Nikoui recalled that his son regularly returned home on weekends, often taking “10 or 15 other Marines” with him.
“My wife and I felt very honored that [since] these other boys were not near their home, that we could offer them a kind of family life, ”said Nikoui, who added that his son“ really liked it. [Marine Corps] family. He was devoted. He was going to make a career out of it and he wanted to go.
“No hesitation for him to be called to duty.
But Nikoui told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday that her son “had expressed his concerns to the family” about the situation in Afghanistan and admitted that “the way the Taliban had infiltrated roughly all over the country so quickly, and we were sort of, it seems, left at this little airport, that really concerned me. “
Nikoui went on to compare the area of the airport that Kareem and his colleagues were patrolling to “turkey shooting”.
“Basically it is channeled as a single file type [of] entry point at which, you know, if you have any sort of chaos they would all congregate in that funnel area [in] that they would all be susceptible to, and I think that’s exactly what happened, ”he said. “It was basically so chaotic and not really planned. Now I’m a carpenter and even I could notice it with my untrained military eye. “
In Missouri, the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz told KMOX radio on Friday that he was “incredibly devastated” by the death of his son.
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Mark Schmitz said his son, who had been sent to Afghanistan from Jordan in recent weeks, had always wanted to become a navy.
“I have never seen a young man train as hard as he did to be the best soldier he can be,” he said. “And that’s obviously a big part of why we’re all devastated and sad, but there’s so much anger right now because he hasn’t even had a chance to demonstrate all of the skills he’s been honing. and learned while in the Corps. “
“He took his job very seriously,” Mark Schmitz said of his son. “And someone just came along and took the easy way out and ended it all for himself and for us, and for the others who were killed.”
When asked if he had a message for Americans mourning the loss of his family, Schmitz replied, “Be afraid of our leadership, or its absence. Pray every day for the soldiers who put their lives in danger. and do what they love, which is protecting all of us. I think they’re the only ones that we can honestly say support us. “
Nikoui, Schmitz and 11 other U.S. servicemen were killed when a suicide bomber attacked the Abbey gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport, where thousands have gathered over the past two weeks in a desperate attempt to take Taliban evacuation flights. -country controlled.
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In addition to the 13 who were killed, at least 18 other soldiers were injured. Some 170 Afghans were also killed in the attack, claimed by the terrorist group ISIS-K.
The attack sparked a new round of criticism of the botched withdrawal, with the Pentagon admitting on Thursday that it was relying on the Taliban to provide security outside the airport through a system of checkpoints, where fighters have assaulted and beaten anyone who tried to pass.
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