American Hero: Wounded Marine Killed Terrorists Who Shot Crowd amid Kabul Bombing
Marine Corps Maj. Ben Sutphen saved lives during suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S troops
During the suicide bombing terrorist attack at Kabul airport last month, thirteen U.S. service members lost their lives while many more were injured.
In the aftermath of the explosion, terrorists had set a trap and opened fire on the panicked crowds as they attempted to flee the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.
Thankfully, a brave soldier survived a suicide attack, and not only lived to tell the tale but fought alongside others to save lives.
On August 26, the Kabul airport was surrounded on all sides by Taliban combatants and Islamic State murderers.
Amid the chaos, Americans and Afghan allies were seeking refuge from the violence as the country toppled into the hands of the Taliban.
ISIS-K terrorists took advantage of the disorder at the airport and detonated a suicide bomb in the crowds and then gunned down innocent people as they tried to escape.
However, there were American heroes still on the ground who refused to let the evil thugs take any more lives.
Marine Corps Maj. Ben Sutphen, and those next to him who endured the August blast in Kabul near the Abbey Gate at the airport, kept fighting.
U.S. Marine Major Ben Sutphen was just 15 feet away during last month’s terror attack at the Kabul Airport, which killed 13 U.S. service members and an estimated 170 Afghan civilians.— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) September 15, 2021
“There was not a lot we could change about that situation,” he told CBS News. pic.twitter.com/nzVGs23SMW
“We brought a truck with a loudspeaker down to try to disperse the crowd. I was standing right by that truck when [the explosion] happened,” the major told CBS News correspondent David Martin in a segment that aired Wednesday.
Martin asked, “The truck shielded you?”
Sutphen answered in the affirmative, telling CBS News he was 15 feet from the blast.
He then described how injured Marines fought off the animals who were determined to shed more blood.
Instead, they were cut down by American gunfire.
Those who survived the blast were stunned and began taking on gunfire from a nearby rooftop.
Sutphen said one injured Marine corporal ignored a shoulder wound and focused only on neutralizing the enemy.
"He’s blown off his feet and still has his wits about him,” the major said.
"Shot through the shoulder.
"Immediately recovers his weapon and puts the opposing gunmen down."
Sutphen was asked what would have happened had the surviving Marines not returned fire.
“Without a doubt, many more Marine and civilian lives would have been lost,” he said.
Sutphen shared another story of heroism, though.
He said a badly wounded Marine stood tall and fired on the enemy.
“[A]nother corporal with substantial blast injuries to his lungs and internal organs [had] enough grit and courage at, at risk of his own life, to drag another injured Marine out of harm’s way,” the major said.
It’s impossible to imagine the scene Sutphen and those injured or stunned by the blast endured.
Still, they recovered their bearings in a hostile environment and saved countless people.
They fought back and prevented any further loss of life.
These young heroes were put in harm’s way by their leaders, and they adapted to the conditions around them.
We all owe both the survivors and those who gave their lives that day our eternal gratitude.
God bless our troops.