Biden pays respect to troops killed in Afghanistan
President Joe Biden stood witness with grieving families Sunday under a gray sky as soldiers carried 13 flag-draped caskets off a transport plane at Dover Air Force Base. The president and first lady Jill Biden also met privately with family members of the soldiers killed in the suicide attack last week at the Kabul airport. The dead ranged in age from 20 to 31. Also on Sunday, a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan blew up a vehicle carrying explosives that the Pentagon said posed an imminent threat to the Kabul airport. Early on Monday, a rocket attack hit a neighborhood near the Kabul airport.
How is the evacuation going? Secretary of State Antony Blinken told ABC’s This Week Sunday that the United States is actively working to help about 300 American citizens get out of Afghanistan. But with just hours remaining until the president’s and Taliban’s evacuation deadline, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said he believes many Americans and allies will be left stranded. He added that in his view, the war is not over: It has simply shifted to a new chapter that could again see violence return to American soil. The State Department released a statement saying it had received “assurances” from the Taliban that people with travel documents would still be able to leave the country after August 31.
Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report on an Afghan translator stuck in Kabul.
Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.
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