November 30, 2021

Afghanistan updates: President Joe Biden to pay respects to 13 US soldiers killed in Kabul airport attack at Dover Air Force Base

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is embarking on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack close to the Kabul airport as their stays return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan.

Biden was touring to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a “dignified transfer” motion, a army ritual of receiving the stays of fallen troops killed in overseas fight.

The lifeless ranged in age from 20 to 31, and got here from California and Massachusetts and states in between. They embrace a 20-year-old Marine from Wyoming who had been anticipating his first baby in three weeks and a 22-year-old Navy corpsman who in his final FaceTime dialog along with his mom assured her that he would keep protected as a result of “my guys got me.”

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5 had been simply 20, born not lengthy earlier than the assaults of Sept. 11, 2001, that spurred america to invade Afghanistan in order to topple al-Qaida and dismantle their Taliban hosts who dominated the nation.

At their deaths, the 13 younger service members had been on the bottom for the U.S. coda to its longest struggle, helping a chaotic evacuation of People and of Afghans who helped the U.S. struggle effort and at the moment are fleeing the Taliban after their return to energy.

“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 stated in an announcement Saturday. “Their bravery and selflessness has enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety thus far.”

Members of the family of the fallen typically journey to Dover to be current as flag-draped switch instances are taken off the transport aircraft that returns them to American soil.

Other than the quiet instructions of honor guards who carry the switch instances, the quick prayers of the chaplain usually are the one phrases spoken in the course of the ritual.

Like his three most up-to-date predecessors as presidents, who all attended dignified transfers for troops killed in the practically 20-year-old Afghanistan struggle, Biden is anticipated to meet with the households of the fallen earlier than returning to Washington.

It is going to be the primary time that Biden has traveled to Dover as president for such a motion. However he’s not unfamiliar with the ritual.

Biden attended a dignified switch for 2 U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide blast at Bagram Airfield in the ultimate months of his vice presidency in 2016. In 2008, whereas a senator and at the request of the grieving household, he attended one for a soldier killed in a automotive bombing in Iraq. Biden informed CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he had to get permission from the Pentagon to attend the switch.

The 13 troops who died in Kabul had been the primary U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan since February 2020. That was when the Trump administration reached an settlement with the Taliban that referred to as for the militant group to halt assaults on People in alternate for a U.S. dedication to take away all American troops and contractors by Might 2021. Biden introduced in April that he would have all forces out by September.

Eleven of the 13 People killed had been Marines. One was a Navy sailor and one an Military soldier.

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(*13*)Related Press writers Lolita C. Baldor, Robert Burns and Matt Sedensky contributed to this report.