The father of one of the 13 U.S. troops that were killed last week in an ISIS-K-led suicide bombing at the Kabul Airport just publicly blamed his son’s death on President Joe Biden, the Washington Examiner reports.
Steve Nikoui is the father of deceased U.S. Marine Kareem Nikoui. Breitbart reports: “According to [Kareem] Nikoui’s social media, he had only started Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) in January 2020 after having graduated from Norco High School in Norco, California where he was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).”
The outlet further reports that Kareem Nikoui had only “recently been deployed to Kabul and stationed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport,” where he ended up losing his life in the terrorist attack thought to have been carried out by ISIS-K fighters.
Prior to his deployment, he had been stationed at Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine Corps Base in San Diego County, California, not far from his parent’s home.
“Biden turned his back on him”
Kareem’s father, Steve, recently sat down with The Daily Beast for an interview in which he discussed the passing of his son. The obviously heartbroken father talked about the “excruciating day” that he learned of his son’s death.
During the interview, Steve Nikoui said that he wants to “respect the office” of the president, but, at the same time, seemed to place most of the blame for his son’s death on Biden and his top military leaders.
“They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security,” he said. “I blame my own military leaders.”
“Biden turned his back on him,” he added. “That’s it.”
Biden and his administration have, unsurprisingly, received intense criticism for allowing the Taliban to, as Nikoui said, “provide security” while the U.S. carried out evacuations at the Kabul Airport.
The president, though, continues to defend the decision to do so. “There is no evidence thus far that I’ve been given, as a consequence by any of our commanders in the field, that there has been collusion between the Taliban and ISIS in carrying out what happened today both in front of the hotel and what is expected to continue for — beyond today,” Biden said on Thursday, after the suicide bombing.
Biden also claimed that he felt he could trust the Taliban because of “mutual self-interest,” namely, getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.
On Sunday, Biden announced that he had reached an agreement with the Taliban’s leadership that will allow Americans to continue being evacuated after the Aug. 31st troop withdrawal deadline, though many have expressed doubt that the terrorist organization will hold up their end of the deal.