President Biden traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Sunday to meet with families of the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan and was to participate in a dignified transfer of their remains.
Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, met privately Sunday morning with families before the solemn moment in which troops take flag-draped transfer cases off an aircraft. The 13 service members were remembered as brave and committed and Mr. Biden called them “heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others.”
Some of the family members have been critical of Mr. Biden’s withdrawal plan, which has raised questions from lawmakers in both parties. The president has pushed for a withdrawal by Aug. 31, saying the country should not risk more loss in a nearly 20-year war.
The oldest of the service members killed was 31 and the most common age among them was 20. Some of the Americans were infants on Sept. 11, 2001, when al Qaeda operatives hijacked four planes and attacked New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania, leading to the U.S. invasion into Afghanistan a month later.
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