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Wausaukee Man Injured In Afghan Suicide Bombing

Issue Date: September 2, 2021

A bloody suicide bombing attack outside of the Abbey Gate at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 26 struck exceedingly close to TIMESLand.

The suicide attack itself and the fighting that followed caused the death of 13 members of the United States Armed Forces who were trying to protect the airport, and resulted in injuries to at least 18 other members of the United States forces, including former Wausaukee resident Michael Gretzon.

Gretzon graduated from Wausaukee High School in May of 2019 and enlisted in the Marines in October of that year. He was a member of the Wausaukee Volunteer Fire Department while still a student at Wausaukee High School, and afterword until he reported for training as a Marine. He officially became a Marine in Jan. of 2020. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California until he was deployed overseas.

Many of the American servicemen injured in the Aug. 26 attack were reportedly taken to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment, and Gretzon was among those taken there. Severity of his injuries also was not known at press time.

Thursday's suicide bomb also killed about 200 of the approximately 5,000 people who were trying to get into the Kabul airport to flee the country in the wake of the Taliban takeover that followed closing of the United States military bases as ordered by President Joe Biden earlier this year.

According to some national news sources, the Aug. 26 attacks resulted in the deadliest day for American forces in the last 10 years of the 20 years that Americans have been fighting Muslim extremists in Afghanistan. A second explosion reportedly took place later that day outside the Baron Hotel in Kabul.

The government of Afghan fell to the Taliban after closure of Bagram Airfield in July, which was done in accord with President Joe Biden's orders to have all United States troops out of Afghanistan by his self-imposed deadline of Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Despite the fact that not all American citizens and Afghans who worked with the American military have been evacuated, the last of the U.S. military forces were withdrawn by the Aug. 31 deadline set by Biden.


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