Four Marines remain at Walter Reed nearly a month after Kabul airport blast

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Four of the Marines injured in the bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport last month remain in the hospital.

One of the service members is in “very serious but stable condition," while the other three are in “serious but stable condition,” a Marine Corps spokesperson said on Tuesday, according to Stars and Stripes. The number of marines at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has dropped over the last two weeks.

On Sept. 7, there were 15 wounded Marines being treated at the hospital, one of whom was in critical condition at the time.

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Additionally, 13 service members were killed in the blast from an ISIS-K terrorist on Aug. 26, as were approximately 170 Afghan nationals, and countless others were injured. Among the deceased were 11 Marines, identified as Staff Sgt. Darin Hoover, 31, Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, Cpl. Daegan Page, 23, Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, 20, and Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Maxton Soviak, 22, a hospitalman, was also among those killed, as was 23-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.

They were all posthumously awarded Purple Hearts for their actions.

The bombing occurred at the Kabul airport where U.S. military and coalition allies were undergoing a mass evacuation, the largest in history, after the Taliban swiftly rose to power as the United States was getting ready to withdraw from the two-decade conflict during the final two weeks in August.

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While there were intelligence reports warning about further attacks and one instance of rocket fire directed at the airport, no additional service members were killed during the evacuation efforts.

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Original Author: Mike Brest

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