US officials: 11 Marines and medic killed in Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S, officials say at least 12 U.S. service members were killed in the Afghanistan bombings, including 11 Marines and one Navy medic.  Officials say a number of US military troops were wounded. They warn, however, that the numbers may grow.

The White House hurriedly put off President Biden’s first in-person meeting with Israel’s new prime minister and canceled a video conference with governors on incoming Afghan refugees after explosions outside the Kabul airport.

Biden was set to host new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and meet virtually with the U.S. governors. Bennett’s meeting was delayed, while the session with the governors was canceled so the president could more closely monitor developments in Afghanistan.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says those responsible for the attack in Kabul “will be sought and brought to justice.” He spoke as the U.S. House Republican leader called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call the Congress back into session so lawmakers can consider legislation would prohibit the Aug. 31 withdrawal until all Americans are out of Afghanistan.

A return to session before the deadline is highly unlikely. The Democrats aligned with President Biden hold majority control and are not expected to consider such legislation to alter the withdrawal date. Republicans have been highly critical of Biden’s handling of the situation in Kabul.

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