Mass. Congressional Lawmakers "Heartbroken" On Afghanistan Attacks


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The overwhelming feeling from the Massachusetts congressional delegation was "heartbroken," and "devastated," following Thursday's suicide attacks in Kabul. Most of the lawmakers called for a renewed push to get Americans and allied Afghans out of Afghanistan.

The attacks, which killed 13 members of the U.S. military and 60 Afghans, were carried out by ISIS-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan. 15 service members and 143 Afghans were wounded in the attacks, which took place at Hamid Karzai International Airport and a local hotel.

Senator Elizabeth Warren called the attacks "cowardly," while Senator Ed Markey said he was "heartbroken," and called on the federal government to continue the evacuations from Afghanistan.

Most Massachusetts U.S. Representatives described themselves as heartbroken, and some called for further actions. Rep. Jake Auchincloss, who served in Afghanistan, called the attacks an "atrocity," and said they underscored the need to get out of Afghanistan, but also called for a permanent counter-terrorism mission there.

Rep. Stephen Lynch said the United States must "leave no one behind," including every American citizen and "loyal Afghan partners."

President Joe Biden vowed to avenge the deaths of those killed in a televised address to the nation Thursday evening, telling ISIS-K that "we will hunt you down, and make you pay."

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel


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