Gold star parents Steve Nikoui and Shana Chappell, who lost their son in the chaotic U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal last August, are calling for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley to resign.
Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui was one of 13 service members killed in an Aug. 26 attack by an ISIS bomber at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
The bomber responsible for the attack was a former prisoner released by the Taliban after the United States left Bagram Airbase after a 20-year occupation, CNN has reported.
“I’d like to see General Milley resign,” Steve Nikoui, Kareem’s father, told “Fox and Friends” on Monday. “He should be held responsible for this. He’s the Joint Chiefs of Staff [chairman].”
“They let the Taliban dictate the evacuation. I don’t feel any of them have been held accountable. And the president, he hasn’t taken any accountability on it either.”
The Marine’s mother, Shana Chappell, argued the 13 service members were killed in Kabul because of American officials’ decisions.
“I’m still waiting for them to be held accountable for it. For some reason, they want to put the blame on everyone but themselves, but it is actually their fault all of this happened,” Chappell said on the show. “The 13 that are dead, that is their fault.”
Nikoui said he’s “frustrated.”
“We were able to keep our son alive … for the last 20 years,” he told the outlet. “Then he goes and joins the military to serve our country and our country can’t protect him the way that he needs to be protected.”
“We still haven’t got the autopsy report,” the father said. “We have reasons to believe that our son was shot by gunshots.” Continue reading at Newsmax.