Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Terrorist Attacks at the Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan
(Washington, DC)- In response to the suicide bombings outside the airport in Kabul which killed twelve U.S. Marines, injured 15 Marines, and resulted in the injury and death of many Afghans, Congressman Sires released the following statement:
“My thoughts are with the families of the twelve Marines killed and fifteen injured by terrorist attacks at the airport in Kabul. These servicemembers had been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and Afghans at risk, despite increasingly dangerous conditions and the growing risk of terrorist threats. U.S. servicemembers are doing all they can to support the evacuation mission and I commend their heroic service.
The attacks at the airport in Kabul have exacerbated the desperation of Afghans fleeing Taliban rule. Afghans have been crowding outside the airport in the hopes that they may be able to get through the gate and escape the danger they face in Afghanistan. Many of those people waiting at the gate have served the U.S. and international forces, worked on a U.S. funded project to support human rights and education, or worked for the Afghan government. They live in fear that they will be targeted by the Taliban because of their support for the United States. Many of them have family members and loved ones in the U.S. advocating on their behalf, and I greatly appreciate their efforts to help.
As the evacuation effort continues, it is imperative that Americans and Afghans alike are able to reach the airport to evacuate. However, no one should attempt to approach the airport without specific instructions from the evacuation team on the ground. It is clear that crowding near the airport is unsafe for Afghans and U.S. servicemembers. This is an incredibly difficult mission, and the State Department and Department of Defense must work diligently to coordinate the evacuation of American citizens, legal permanent residents, and at-risk Afghans.”