Father of Marine Killed in Afghanistan Attack: ‘Biden Turned His Back’ on My Son
U.S. Marine Kareem Nikoui of California died in Thursday's Kabul airport bombing
The father of a U.S. Marine, who was killed in the terrorist attack at Kabul airport on Thursday, has slammed Democrat Joe Biden for the disaster in Afghanistan, arguing that he "turned his back" on American troops.
Young U.S. Marine Kareem Nikoui of California was among 13 U.S. service members who died in the suicide bombing this week that left an estimated 200 people dead.
A new wing of the Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) - claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Kabul.
The attack killed 10 Marines, two Army soldiers, and a Navy corpsman.
Hundreds more are belived to have been wounded during the attack.
Nikoui had been deployed to Kabul as part of Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Nikoui’s father, Steve Nikoui, told the Daily Beast that he feels like Biden “turned his back” on his son Kareem.
"They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security,” Steve Nikoui said.
"I blame my own military leaders…
"Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.”
Steve Nikoui also said he felt more secure in his son’s safety when President Donald Trump was in office after he joined the U.S. Marines, saying, “I really believed this guy didn’t want to send people into harm’s way.”
This month, a State Department cable obtained by the Wall Street Journal revealed that Biden and his top State Department officials were warned that the Taliban would take control of Afghanistan under their plan to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces by August 31.
The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban came even as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley claimed in July that “the Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country.”
Quickly after Biden started withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the Afghan Security Forces, which the U.S. and military allies had spent years of training with, fell to the Taliban.