The Morning Dispatch: A Horrific Day in Afghanistan

Happy Friday. Let’s get right to it.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • More than 100 people were killed in a series of suicide bombings outside the Kabul airport—including at least 13 U.S. service members and 90 Afghans—making Thursday the deadliest day for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2011. At least 18 American troops were injured as well, according to Central Command. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack, and President Biden attributed it to the group as well, telling reporters he has ordered the Pentagon to “develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership, and facilities.” CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said yesterday that the U.S. has evacuated approximately 100,000 people and plans to continue its mission, with about 1,000 U.S. citizens remaining in the country.

  • The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s updated eviction moratorium, issuing an unsigned order making clear that “if a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it.” The court’s three liberal justices dissented.

  • In an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, Lt. Michael Byrd—a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP)—revealed himself to be the officer who shot and killed January 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt. The USCP announced earlier this week its internal investigation of the incident cleared Byrd of any wrongdoing, determining his actions were “lawful” and “within Department policy.”

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