President Joe Biden
one by one, the remains of 13 U.S. troops killed in the Kabul suicide bombing were
removed with solemnity from a military aircraft that brought them home.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attended the “dignified transfer” of the fallen soldiers
at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday, a military ritual of receiving the
remains of those killed in foreign combat.
The president and his wife watched as flag-draped cases carrying 11 service
members’ remains were loaded into vans. The sounds of crying could be heard and
one woman collapsed and was taken to an ambulance.
The remains of two more US military personnel will be transferred in an event not
covered by media at the request of their families.
NSL Learnt: the US soldiers ranged in age from 20 to 31 – meaning that some were
born not long before the US military mission in Afghanistan began in 2001.
At their deaths, the 13 young soldiers were on the ground for the US withdrawal from
its longest war, helping to evacuate Americans and Afghans who had helped the US in
its mission in Afghanistan and are now fleeing following the Taliban’s takeover of the
“The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in
service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others,” Biden
said in a statement on Saturday.
At least 175 people, including dozens of Afghan civilians and US soldiers, were
killed in the bombing at Kabul airport on Thursday, which was claimed by the Islamic
State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), an ISIL (ISIS) affiliate.
Biden warned on Saturday that his commanders had told him that another “attack is
highly likely in the next 24-36 hours” as US military personnel work to complete
Washington’s withdrawal from Afghanistan by an August 31 deadline.
about 2,900 people were evacuated by the US and other coalition aircraft in a 24-hour
period ending on Sunday morning, bringing the
total airlifted out of Afghanistan over the last two weeks to around 114,000.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said about 300 US citizens still in
Afghanistan has said they want to leave the country.