Biden pays respects to US troops killed in Kabul

The president and his wife attended the return of their remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday along with their families.


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August 29, 2021 - 2:33 PM

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, August, 29, 2021 to attend the dignified transfer of the 13 members of the US military killed in Afghanistan last week. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — In hushed reverence, President Joe Biden stood witness with grieving families Sunday under a gray sky as, one by one, the remains of 13 U.S. troops killed in the Kabul suicide bombing were removed with solemnity from a military aircraft that brought them home.

The only sounds that could be heard during the mournful ritual of the “dignified transfer” were the quiet commands of the honor guards in battle dress who carried the flag-draped cases, the hum of the C-17 aircraft that had transported the fallen and the periodic sob of the sorrowful.

Biden and his wife, Jill, met privately with family members of those killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport before the president became the fourth commander in chief over two decades of war to stand at attention at Dover Air Force Base as the remains of the fallen from Afghanistan returned home.

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