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• Civilians, children among the casualties

The Pentagon has confirmed 12 US service members were killed in the twin blasts at Kabul airport.

The US service members killed include, eleven Marines and one Navy medic, according to two US officials.

A number of civilians, including children also were killed in the twin blasts, with some networks putting the number of fatalities in the blasts between 30 and 60.

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Today’s attacks have raised further concerns about the Taliban’s capability to govern Afghanistan with the threat of a resurgent extremist groups a particular concern in recent months.

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Many have been worried by an intensification of attacks linked to ISKP.

“The trajectory of ISKP has been one of resurgence after a tough time in 2019 and the first half of 2020 … but they went silent suddenly since the Taliban takeover and a possible reason for that was the group were gearing up for a new campaign,” said Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at London University’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR).


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