- Dakota Halverson, the brother of one of the dead Marines, committed suicide a year after the Biden administration’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan killed 13 US soldiers.
- Family members say President Joe Biden refused to take responsibility for mistakes he made in Brexit, which may have influenced Halverson’s decision.
- Carrie Filippetti, executive director of the Vandenberg Coalition and former policy adviser on terrorism and Middle East affairs, told the Daily Caller News Foundation:
The Biden administration has yet to explain the impact of the August 26, 2021 suicide bombing at an airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Daily Caller News Foundation.
Dakota Halverson, 29, committed suicide on August 9 in Ingalls Park across from the Permanent Memorial to the Fallen in Norco, California. There he was playing with his older brother Lance Cpl, who is 20 years old. Kareem Nikowi, who died in the blast. Their mother, Shana Chappell, said the “ripple effect” of President Joe Biden’s failed withdrawal and subsequent reluctance to take responsibility for mistakes contributed to Halverson’s decision to commit suicide. (Related: ‘You don’t even care’: Murdered Marine Blast mother Biden for not mentioning 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan)
“Dakota was so proud of Kareem that he boasted to everyone that he was a Marine, that his brother was a Marine, and why he was sent,” Chappell told DCNF. When he learned that his brother had died, he was devastated.”
Carrie Filipetty, executive director of the Vandenberg Coalition and former policy adviser on terrorism and Middle East affairs, told DCNF:
Chappell and Halverson visited Chappell’s house every weekend to try to stay strong for Marines, Nikowi’s friends who had become close to Halverson. He was wrestling with the Biden administration’s responsibility for the bombing.
“When his brother was deployed, he talked about how this administration had better not kill his brother — and this administration killed his brother,” Chappell said.
“I didn’t think so [Halverson] He just wanted to be with him, he missed his brother, so he would take his life.
A member of the terrorist group ISIS-K reportedly carried out an explosion that killed nearly 200 people and injured twice as many. This marked his third deadliest day for a U.S. soldier in his 20 years of the Afghan war.
A senior Department of Defense (DOD) official reportedly warned of an imminent “large scale attack” the day before the bomb exploded at Abbey, with information that ISIS-K might attempt to carry out a “complex attack.” He reportedly instructed juniors around the world to prepare for a “massive casualty event.” Gates, Politico reported. Ground commanders decided to close the gates, but the Americans chose to keep them open longer to accommodate the accelerated withdrawal of British forces from the nearby hotel.
“Our children were treated as if they were disposable and replaceable,” Chappell said.
The Biden administration “could have at least acknowledged that…they were at least sorry that these children died,” Halverson and Nikoi’s older sister, Sheilyn Chappell, told DCNF. “They don’t seem to mind. They killed the children.”
Shana Chappell and her husband, Steve Nicowi, called in January to hold the Biden administration accountable for its role in the tragedy, but Chappell told the DCNF there was “zero” accountability.
Biden called out 13 “heroes” in his Aug. 31, 2021 speech, saying, “We owe them and their families a debt that we can never repay, but we must never forget.” hm,” he said. But Chappell said he had not heard from the president since meeting with Biden at Dover Air Force Base just days before his son’s dignified transfer.
Findings from a Pentagon investigation into the attack, compiled in a 2,000-page report, found that it was not a “complex attack” and that the shooting did not exist. Witnesses who reported being there disputed the Pentagon’s allegations.
When asked for comment on the accountability measures the Pentagon is pursuing and how it will respond to news of Halverson’s death, the Pentagon referred the DCNF to a press release regarding the report.
Authorized in the 2023 Annual Defense Bill, the Afghanistan War Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of US military involvement in Afghanistan from June 2001 to August 2021. However, the Commission is not required to submit a final report until three years after its first meeting. .
The State Department referred to DCNF’s Aug. 15 briefing, where State Department spokesman Ned Price discussed the status of the ex post facto report when asked the same questions posed to the Department of Defense. The full report remains classified, but Price said it is the State Department’s “hope and expectation” that the agency will release elements of the report to the public soon.
Mr Filipetty said the administration should release the Afghan post-mortem report to put an end to the families of Americans who lost their lives in Afghanistan. The Biden administration “needs to communicate clearly and openly to military personnel and their families the responsibilities that underlie this administration,” she added.
The 13 servicemen we lost were heroes who saved the lives of others by making the ultimate sacrifice for America’s highest ideals. Our sacred duty to the families of these heroes continues forever. pic.twitter.com/lPx4a4ebS7
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 29, 2021
Accountability would help not only the families of those who lost their lives, but also the thousands of veterans of the post-9/11 Afghanistan war, experts told DCNF.
“The Biden administration has caused moral injury and mental scarring to a generation of warriors who volunteered to serve their country and keep Americans safe from another 9/11. Thousands of these warriors. needs and deserves accountability and real accounting for its decisions and actions over the past year,” former Middle East deputy secretary of defense Simone Ledeen told DCNF.
The White House did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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