Biden, his wife, Jill, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and senior military officials stood sombrely as US troops carried the cases down the ramp of an Air Force C-17 aircraft at Dover Air Force Base. Crying could be heard and a woman collapsed as the remains were loaded into vans for transport to a facility where they will undergo identification and autopsies.
The 11 service members were among 13 US troops killed in an Islamic State suicide attack on Thursday outside Kabul’s airport, where the United States has been staging a massive airlift of Americans and Afghans during the past two weeks. Scores of Afghans were also killed in the attack.
Earlier today, Biden and his wife met with grieving family members of some of the fallen American service members. The remains of two other US service members killed in the attack are being brought home privately at the request of their families.
Biden, a Democrat, has been criticised by Republicans, who have accused his administration of bungling the 31 August withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after a two-decade war in the South Asian nation.