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Biden, First Lady Pay Respects To U.S. Troops Killed By Suicide Bomber At Kabul Airport


U.S. President Joe Biden (file photo)

U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, arrived at a military base in Delaware on August 29 to honor 13 members of the U.S. military recently killed in a suicide bombing during the evacuation of civilians from Kabul airport.

After arriving at Dover Air Force Base, the Bidens met with the families of service members killed in the attack. They were to then witness the transfer of the troops' remains from an aircraft that arrived at the base earlier on August 29.

Dozens of Afghans were also killed in the August 26 suicide bombing just outside Kabul airport, where thousands of people had gathered to try to get a flight out after the Taliban seized the city two weeks ago.

The attack, claimed by the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group, was the most lethal incident for U.S. service members in Afghanistan in a decade.

Biden has vowed to punish those responsible for the bombing.

The U.S. military said on August 28 it had killed two militants of the group known as Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) in a drone attack in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military said its forces launched a drone strike on August 29 in the Afghan capital targeting a vehicle with suicide bombers inside.

"We are in a period of serious danger given what we are seeing in the intelligence," U.S. national- security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CNN in an interview broadcast before the latest strike was reported.

"We are taking every possible measure at the direction of the president to ensure that our forces are protected on the ground even as they complete their mission of bringing in the remaining American citizens and Afghan allies,” Sullivan said.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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