Payam Javan: When 13 US service members were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last month, it was apparent that the Biden administration’s hasty withdrawal had cost innocent American lives.
New evidence shows that the administration is far more responsible than previously believed.
Abdul Rehman has been identified as the ISIS-K suicide bomber, according to India’s Firstpost.
He was a terrorist who had spent the previous four years in Afghanistan’s Bagram jail.
Rehman was reportedly a part of an ISIS-K conspiracy to commit suicide bombings in New Delhi, where his father regularly visited for business, according to Indian investigators. In 2017, he was captured and imprisoned in Bagram prison, according to Firstpost.
According to Indian intelligence sources, he was turned up to the US Central Intelligence Agency by India’s foreign intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, in September 2017. However, chaos erupted when President Joe Biden began pursuing his reckless and ill-advised exit strategy in Afghanistan. Thousands of suspected and convicted terrorists, including Rehman, were able to flee Bagram unharmed on Aug. 15.
Rehman is accused of carrying out the attack that killed 13 American service members and many civilians just 11 days later.
“America’s disorganized retreat from Afghanistan has led to hundreds of highly competent and highly committed terrorists being set free to rejoin the Islamic State, al-Qaida, and other terrorist groups,” an officer who worked on the Rehman case told Firstpost.
“Literally a decade’s work on counterterrorism has been undone by the U.S.’ failure to secure key prisoners in Bagram.”
Those are the damning words from a cop who was supposedly personally involved in the counterterrorism effort.
While it may sound dramatic, Rehman’s assassination demonstrated how quickly terrorism can spiral out of control.
If other prisoners who escaped end up participating in violence, it’s not unreasonable to conclude that the Biden administration undid many, if not all, of the region’s previous counter-terrorism efforts.
Rehman was chosen to lead the bombing plot in New Delhi since he was familiar with the area, according to Firstpost.
India’s RAW was able to send in an agent posing as a jihadist after intercepting communications.
The agent persuaded Rehman how he had gathered enough people and explosives to carry out the attack, urging Rehman to contact his superiors.
The CIA was able to seize those conversations and apprehend Rehman as a result.
He was flown to Kabul, Afghanistan, on a special flight, where the CIA conducted an investigation.
Multiple ISIS leaders were exposed after questioning by the CIA and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, who were then killed by drone strikes by the US in 2019.
“There’s no clarity on what happened to Abdul Rehman between his escape from Bagram and the suicide attack,” an intelligence official said. “It is possible he wanted revenge, or that he was persuaded by his old jihadist friends to atone for his role in the killings of his associates in this manner.”