Joe Biden visited Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware on Sunday. The US President attended the ceremony of handing over the bodies of the soldiers who died in the recent attack in Kabul. He also met with their families. “It feels like you’re being pulled into a black hole and you can’t get out of it,” Biden said, recalling the death of his son, a veteran of the Iraq war.
Biden attended the traditional “worthy handover” ceremony of flag-covered coffins of fallen soldiers from the plane to the vehicles for transport to military bases. The ceremony was also attended by, among others, First Lady Jill Biden, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and chief of diplomacy Antony Blinken.
Earlier, during a private meeting, the president spoke with the families of the victims.
As the Wall Street Journal writes, some families were openly critical of the president’s actions in Afghanistan. The mother of one of the fallen soldiers on Saturday called the conservative radio program in Colorado, using obscene words to describe Biden and saying that he “killed her son.”
Biden: It feels like you’re being pulled into a black hole
In a speech at the White House on Thursday, the president said he “has some idea of what the soldiers are feeling”, recalling the death of his son Beau, a veteran of the Iraq war. “It feels like you’re being pulled into a black hole and can’t get out of it,” he said.
On Thursday there were attacks targeting crowds near the airport in the Afghan capital. More than 180 people died, including 13 US soldiers aged 20 to 31, according to the AP agency. The terrorist organization Islamic State of Khorasan Province (IS-Ch), in conflict with the Taliban, admitted to carrying out the attacks.
Since then, US forces have carried out two retaliatory attacks against members of this organization.
Main photo source: EPA / JASON MINTO / US AIR FORCE