At least nine Americans were killed in the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel over the weekend, the U.S. State Department confirmed on Monday. The rising death toll comes amid reports that American weapons left behind in Afghanistan ended up in the Gaza Strip and concerns that those weapons may have been used to kill Americans in Israel.
According to a Newsweek report that flew under the radar earlier this year, an Israeli commander warned that U.S. weapons abandoned in Afghanistan during President Joe Biden’s deadly withdrawal were seen in the hands of Palestinian groups in Gaza.
The report resurfaced amid criticism targeting the Biden administration’s decision to release $6 billion in frozen funds for Iran, which supports Hamas. Administration officials have rejected the condemnation, arguing the funds had not been released yet and were only for humanitarian purposes.
“The $6 billion has not been accessed completely by Iran yet, but the fact of the matter is if you have a credit on your account for $6 billion, typically, people count that as access available today, tomorrow, whenever, so you start reworking your spending budget,” GOP presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told Breitbart News.
“And by doing so, you put yourself in a position to use that money even though you have not had access to it yet,” he argued. “So the $6 billion that they know they’re getting, they’re using already.”
In September, former President Donald Trump predicted the Biden administration’s $6 billion deal with Iran would lead to “terrible things.”
“This absolutely ridiculous 6 Billion Dollar Hostage Deal with Iran has set a terrible PRECEDENT for the future. Buckel up, you are going to see some terrible things start to happen,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “The 3 years ago highly respected USA has become a laughingstock all over the WORLD. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. VOTE TRUMP!!!”