US President Joe Biden says the US service members who were killed in attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, were heroes. Addressing the nation from the White House yesterday, Biden says they were engaged in a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others. At least a dozen US servicemembers were killed in yesterday’s attacks, along with scores of Afghans. No Canadians were reported harmed. The US says an offshoot of the Islamic State group was behind the deadly suicide attacks.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has faced questions daily about the situation on the ground in Afghanistan as he campaigns for re-election. Canada has boarded some 3,700 Canadian nationals and Afghan refugees onto evacuation flights in recent weeks. Trudeau called it a very difficult day after attacks in Afghanistan, but said Ottawa’s commitment to resettle more than 20,000 Afghans in Canada will continue. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Canada’s exit was a failure. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, speaking in Ottawa, called the suicide blasts heartbreaking.
We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Kabul. Our hearts break for the people of Afghanistan and the loved ones of the victims, including the brave women and men of our Allies. We will continue working with our partners to support Afghans and resettle refugees in Canada.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 26, 2021
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