According to reports, U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff in order to honor the fallen service members murdered during the senseless attacks at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
"As a mark for respect, starting today the United States flag will be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations and on all naval vessels of the federal government and the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories,” said White House press secretary Psaki.
She added that the American flags will fly half-staff until sunset on Monday.
.@PressSec Jen Psaki: "As a mark for respect, starting today the United States flag will be flown at half staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds..."
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More than 100 people were killed, including at least 13 U.S. service members and 90 Afghans, at the Kabul airport Thursday when two blasts ripped through crowds trying to enter the American-controlled facility, disrupting the final push of the U.S.-led evacuation effort.
A suicide bomb attack at the airport’s Abbey Gate was followed by an assault by gunmen, officials said. Another bomb attack took place nearby, at a hotel outside the airport, officials said. Eighteen U.S. service members were injured, the Pentagon said.
The attack marked the deadliest day for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2011, and came just five days before the Biden administration’s deadline for the complete military withdrawal from the country. The military expects more attacks, Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie told reporters.
On Thursday evening, President Joe Biden vowed revenge for the attacks.
“We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said to the terrorists who attacked the airport.
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