USA revealed this Saturday the identity of the 13 soldiers who lost their lives on Thursday in the terrorist attack against the Kabul airport, which was claimed by the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K) and also left dozens of afghans dead.
The deceased Americans were between 20 and 31 years old, the Pentagon said in a statement.
They were all children when the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to prevent the Taliban regime from continuing to harbor al-Qaeda terrorists and hunt down Osama Bin Laden, the “mastermind” of the September 11 attacks of that year. and that he died in a US operation in Pakistan in 2011.
Of the 13 who died, 11 belonged to the Marine Corps, one to the Navy and another to the Army.
His mortal remains are on their way to the United States, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference this Saturday, who said “he is not free” to give more details of the exact time they will arrive at the base. of the Air Force of Dover (Delaware).
This base is in charge of receiving the mortal remains of American soldiers who die abroad while carrying out their mission.
The mortal remains usually arrive in a coffin wrapped in an American flag, which is transported by members of the Armed Forces from the plane to a hearse, in the presence of the relatives of the deceased.
The White House has not yet said if the president of the United States, Joe Bien, will travel to Dover to receive the remains of the deceased, as his predecessors have done on some occasions.
Asked about it at a press conference Thursday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki simply replied: “I am sure that the president will do everything he can to honor the sacrifice and service of the lives that are they have lost”.
Biden ordered public buildings to fly the American flag at half-staff on Thursday.
On Thursday, an alleged IS fighter detonated a vest with explosives while passing security checks at one of the entrances to the Kabul airport, the so-called Abbey Gate, where thousands of people gathered in the hope of being able to flee from the Taliban in one of the US flights
After that explosion, there was another armed attack by jihadists in the area, according to the Pentagon.
The attack killed at least 170 people and left 150 injured, sources close to the Taliban told Efe in Kabul; while the Pentagon reported the death of 13 US soldiers and 18 wounded.
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