Alaska politicians respond to Afghan attacks that left 13 military members dead
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - At least 13 U.S. troops are dead and 18 wounded after an attack early Thursday at Kabul airport in Afghanistan, and officials warn that number could grow. AP reports that the attacks from suicide bombers and gunmen also killed at least 60 Afghans and wounded many more.
Alaska Politicians issued statements in response to the attacks.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said he is praying for the families. Adding, “The loss of any life in the service of country is heavy. Alaskans know this with having more veterans per capita than anywhere else in America.” He called the Biden withdrawal an unmitigated disaster, and called on the president to do everything possible to remove Americans safely.
Senator Dan Sullivan criticized the withdrawal in a Facebook post and called on the administration to allow the military as much time as they need to evacuate every American who wants to leave. He also said suggested that troops stay in Afghanistan past the August 31 deadline. “If this means going beyond the unwise, self-imposed deadline of August 31 to bring every American home, so be it. The Taliban cannot be allowed to dictate whether and how we save, protect, and keep faith with our own citizens.”
Congressman Don Young Tweeted that the loss of service members was heartbreaking asking people to join him in praying for the situation.
Senator Lisa Murkowski had not sent out a statement about the attacks as of news time.
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