United States President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware to witness the repatriation of the remains of the 13 U.S. troops killed in the Aug. 26 suicide bomb attack in Kabul.
Biden attended the “dignified transfer,” a U.S. military procedure to honor those killed in foreign combat, with first lady Jill Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and State Secretary Antony Blinken on Aug. 29
“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. Our sacred obligation to the families of these heroes will last forever,” Biden said on Twitter.
Biden became the fourth commander in chief to attend the return of the remains of the fallen from Afghanistan.
As Biden met in solemn privacy with the families of the victims, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reassured Biden’s pledge to retaliate against the Kabul attackers.
Biden “is going to talk to his commanders about whatever set of tools and capabilities they need to get the people who attacked and killed our troops at the Kabul airport and to make sure that we are degrading and debilitating the group, ISIS-K, that conducted this attack,” Sullivan said in an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation.
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