The ISIS-K suicide bomber who killed 13 U.S. military personnel and more than 150 Afghans outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26 was reportedly released by the Taliban from prison at Bagram Air Base days before the attack Republican Rep. Ken Calvert told Fox News.
Calvert is the top Republican on the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations and said that according to intelligence sources, the bomber was one of 7,000 prisoners released by the Taliban last Aug. 15.
“Security officials have now confirmed to me that the Aug. 26 Kabul bomber was a known ISIS-K terrorist that was previously detained at the Bagram prison and was released along with thousands of others just days before the deadly attack,” the California Republican representative said.
“There were 7,000 prisoners housed there—terrorists, the worst of the terrorists—held separately from other terrorists,” Calver added. “We believe he was one of them.”
He also mentioned his position in the chamber concerning the defense agencies with which he is in contact to believe that the information he received is factual.
He, in turn, gave credence to the information from the Indian intelligence services.
“It is my belief that the Indian intelligence services are correct in their assumptions, and I have good reason to believe that the intelligence is correct in their assessment,” he explained.
On the other hand, he said that this is a big problem for the Biden administration, although they are trying to avoid it and that “It is important for the American people to know the truth.”
It should be noted that last week, General Mark Milley, U.S. Central Command chief General Kenneth F. McKenzie, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testified before committees in both the House and Senate.
While Austin remained silent on the issue at hand, McKenzie said the U.S. is “still waiting to find out” whether the attacker was a former prisoner at Bagram Air Base.
Calvert told Fox News last week that he is looking into the matter and has many questions to which he cannot find answers.
“Why didn’t we move or secure those prisoners in the first place?”
“And who is going to take responsibility for this miscalculation?”
“What are we doing to hunt down his accomplices?”
The Republican believes that the attacker was not alone and that they must identify the rest. In turn, he asks, “where are the other 6,999 prisoners released?”
He also warned about the danger these terrorists pose to the world.
“We have to endeavor to find out what that means to the threat to our homeland and to our allies with these terrorists set free.”
For Calvert, the release of these prisoners throws back decades of counter-terrorism work done by the United States, as there are now thousands of these on the loose, and no one knows where they are.
In conclusion, he said, “It is a threat, and it could be a major threat,” and aimed at the current administration.
“The administration might as well come out and tell the truth.”