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McCarthy Requests Capitol Flags to be Lowered in Honor of Fallen Service Members in Afghanistan

On the two-year anniversary of the deaths of 13 service members in Afghanistan, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be lowered to half-staff. McCarthy, along with other Republicans, blamed President Biden’s withdrawal from the country for the loss of these American heroes.

These service members, along with nearly 200 Afghan civilians, lost their lives in a suicide bombing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. They were aiding in the evacuation of allies when the attack took place.

House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik joined McCarthy in condemning President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal, calling it catastrophic. The Biden administration, however, pointed fingers at former President Donald Trump, stating that the conditions for the withdrawal were set by the previous administration.

President Biden himself expressed his condolences on the anniversary, promising to forever honor the fallen service members and the innocent Afghan civilians who also lost their lives that day.

In response to the chaotic withdrawal, the House Oversight Committee launched a probe earlier this year, seeking answers and accountability for the events leading to the loss of lives and the Taliban taking control of Kabul.

Meanwhile, Rep. Cory Mills has introduced an impeachment resolution against Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, accusing him of intentionally abandoning Americans in Afghanistan and failing to adequately prepare for the withdrawal.

As the nation marks this painful anniversary, Secretary Austin acknowledges the tremendous sacrifice made by the service members and expresses sorrow for the families who have lost their loved ones during the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

It is important to honor and remember the brave service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan. This anniversary serves as a reminder of the profound sacrifices made by these individuals and their families. The political debates surrounding the withdrawal should not overshadow the memory of these fallen heroes. As a nation, we should strive to support and take care of the veterans and their families who have endured so much. Let us never forget their courage and dedication to serving our country.

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