Alaska politicians respond to Afghan attacks that left 13 military members dead

Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 5:56 PM AKDT
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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.

Rose and I pray for the families of the service members killed in Afghanistan, and ask all Alaskans to pray with us. The...

Posted by Governor Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, August 26, 2021

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.”

Our deepest prayers and condolences are with the families of those brave, dedicated U.S. service members we lost today...

Posted by Senator Dan Sullivan on Thursday, August 26, 2021

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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