McCarthy has US Capitol flags lowered half-staff, honors 13 lives lost in Afghanistan evacuation

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy directed to have the flags at the U.S. Capitol lowered to half-staff on Saturday to honor the 13 U.S. service members who lost their lives in a tragic suicide bombing during the “botched” withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 under the Biden administration.

Saturday marked the two-year anniversary of the attack outside the Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport during the military’s evacuation from Afghanistan in August 2021.

“Two years ago today, we tragically lost 13 brave service men and women in Afghanistan,” McCarthy said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I have directed the

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