Photo from the Kabul Airport during evacuation (TGP photo)\
On Wednesday, August 25th the US State Department issued a warning to US nationals to avoid traveling to Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. The US told those waiting outside to leave immediately.
On Thursday, August 26th a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Abbey Gate at the Kabul Airport killing 13 Americans: 11 US Marines, a Navy Hospitalman, and an Army Staff Sgt.
The Gateway Pundit reported this one year ago.
The Taliban allowed the bomber to get through the perimeter. The Marines did not allow the bomber to get through the inside perimeter. He was outside the gate when he detonated his explosive vest by the crowded Abbey Gate at the Kabul Airport.
According to our source, there were also reports of Marines who saw the Taliban laughing after the deadly blast.
Now Tristan Hirsch, a US Marine who retired this year, is speaking out about the blast.
Tristan Hirsch – Daily Mail
Hirsch says the US Military spotted the bomber before the blast but that US military brass would not let them take him out.
The Daily Mail reported:
Tristan Hirsch was a U.S. Marine stationed at the gate at the heart of the chaos.
He survived the blast and has since left military life, allowing him the freedom to describe the events leading up to the attack.
He described Taliban executions in the crush of people trying to escape, the presence of a second suicide bomber and claimed Marines had seen the first bomber in the area for two days – but were not allowed to kill him.
‘We knew about him two days prior to the attack,’ Hirsch, 24, told his local newspaper in California, the Chico Enterprise-Record.
‘We knew what he looked like. The CIA let us know; he looked exactly as they’d described him.’
They had been told that a man on a suicide mission, and preparing for heaven, would look different to the tired, hungry hordes who were besieging the airport looking for help to get out. They were on the look out for someone looking freshly showered with a well-trimmed beard.
The CIA did not respond to questions about what information had been passed to troops and whether the bomber had been identified.
Hirsch said he did not see the suspect. But others at the gate watched him for two days. ‘He’d show up and leave,’ he added.
‘A friend of mine who was a sniper racked back his rifle and was ready to kill the guy,’ Hirsch said.
‘We asked for permission and the reply was, “let me get a military judge to see if it’s legal.”‘