The president and the first lady, Jill Biden, left for the Dover, Delaware, air base where they will participate in the ceremony of delivery of remains of the deceased and will talk with the families.
According to US officials, an affiliate of the Islamic State extremist group known as ISIS-K was responsible for the bombing that also left more than a hundred fatalities on the Afghan side.
The Department of Defense released yesterday the names of the fallen, including two women, noted their ages did not exceed 25 years and some were of Hispanic origin.
US forces continue in a race against time to evacuate thousands of Afghan citizens and civilians before the deadline set by Biden for the total withdrawal on Tuesday, amid the danger of a new attack.
The US president reported the day before that after meeting with his National Security team there is a risk of another terrorist attack occurring in the next few hours, which he considered ‘highly probable.’
Meanwhile, at dawn on Saturday, US forces carried out a drone airstrike in Afghanistan’s Nangahar province, eliminating two ‘high-profile’ ISIS-K targets described as ‘planners and enablers’, though they did not provide names or additional information of their identities.
That is part of Biden’s reaction as he promised to ‘hunt down and make them pay for this’. Last Thursday was the deadliest day for US combat troops in nearly a decade, and for the occupant of the Oval Office it was the worst of his incipient presidency.