This is the first time that Biden has come to receive the remains of members of the US security forces in his seven months in office.
The president of the United States , Joe Biden, has received this Sunday the remains of the 13 American soldiers killed in the attack on Thursday at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul , which left 170 dead in the middle of the operations of evacuation.
The remains of the deceased – eleven Marines, a soldier and a Marine Corpsman – have arrived in the United States in 13 suitcases covered with the United States flag. Before receiving them, Biden has met with the families of the fallen.
This is the first time that Biden has come to receive the remains of members of the US security forces in his seven months in office, one of his responsibilities as commander-in-chief.
The youngest of the deceased was 20 years old and the oldest 31. They came from Massachusetts, California, Nebraska, Indiana, Texas, Missouri, Wyoming, Ohio and Tennessee, the CNN television network recalled. They are the first to be killed in hostile action in Afghanistan since February 2020, when two soldiers were killed in combat in Nangarhar province.
In a statement released Saturday, Biden called the fallen “heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others.” “Their bravery and altruism have enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety,” he continued, referring to the number of evacuees from Kabul.