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Biden receives bodies of soldiers killed in attack in Kabul

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greet during the dignified transfer of the remains of the US military service members who died in a suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport at the Air Force Base. from Dover in Dover, Delaware, on August 29, 2021.. (Tom Brenner / Reuters)

President Biden traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Sunday for the dignified transfer of the remains of the 13 US servicemen killed in an attack on the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

The remains of the service members were flown to the United States from Germany on Sunday morning, with several family members present for the transfer. President and First Lady Jill Biden met with family members just prior to the transfer.

The arrival of the fallen military in the United States is known as a “dignified transfer” rather than a ceremony so that family members do not feel compelled to attend, although they can if they wish.

Also present were Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.

“The 13 service members we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals while saving the lives of others,” Biden said in a statement Saturday.

The service members were killed along with about 200 Afghans in an attack on Thursday by ISIS Khorasan, the Central Asian affiliate of the terror group. A suicide bomber affiliated with the group detonated an improvised explosive device outside the airport’s abbey gate, killing and maiming Afghans awaiting entry to the airfield and admitting Marines preparing to search the attacker.

The attack marked the deadliest day for US troops in the war in Afghanistan since 2011.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National online review. He is a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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