President Joe Biden’s Remarks on the Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack at the Airport in Kabul

Thirteen proud and patriotic American service members as well as more than 100 innocent Afghan civilians were killed in a terrible terrorist attack at the Kabul Airport a year ago. Many more people suffered injuries, and their wounds and experiences will have an impact on them for the rest of their lives.

President Joe Biden said our country will always remember their sacrifice and revere those 13 innocent lives that were tragically taken from their families, friends, and comrades in arms while serving our country on a noble mission:

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover;
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario:
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee;
Hunter Lopez, Marine Corps Cpl.
Daegan W. Page, Marine Corps Cpl.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez
David L. Espinoza, Marine Corps Lance Cpl.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz,
Rylee J. McCollum, Marine Corps Lance Cpl.
Dylan R. Merola, Marine Corps Lance Cpl.
Kareem M. Nikoui, Marine Corps Lance Cpl.
Maxton W. Soviak; and
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss.

They were adored brothers, sisters, and children. They arrived from all around our country. Each carried the pride of their special narrative and the use of the people they loved and who had raised them. But a common call to serve something bigger than themselves brought them all together. In the biggest airlift evacuation operation in our history, they were heroes, working to save lives. Their bravery and selflessness will serve as a constant reminder of the greatest qualities of the American character.

In the wake of the tragic attack that took place outside Kabul Airport, we have stepped up our relentless international campaign against ISIS and other terrorists who pose a threat to Americans. We killed the global commander of ISIS in February in Syria, and we killed the top of al-Qaeda in Kabul last month. We will continue to put pressure on terrorist threats without keeping tens of thousands of troops in danger on Afghan soil. And wherever they may be, my administration will keep looking for terrorists who want to hurt the United States.

President Joe Biden’s offering prayers right now for the 13 families of martyred soldiers who last year suffered a spiritual loss. Although our country will never be able to repay such enormous sacrifice, we will always uphold our solemn duty to the families and survivors left behind. All those who lost a kid, spouse, parent, sibling, loved one, or combat buddy during our 20-year war in Afghanistan are also in my thoughts and prayers. 2,461 American soldiers gave their lives in battle. 20,744 people sustained injuries, leaving a permanent effect on their lives. It serves as a sobering reminder that, for those we ask to fight for us, war is neither cheap nor low-grade.

All of our military personnel, veterans, and their families, as well as the diplomats, intelligence specialists, counterterrorism specialists, and development professionals who served in Afghanistan and made such great sacrifices to make our country stronger and safer, deserve our gratitude.

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