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State, federal flags lowered to half-staff to honor victims of Kabul attack

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-26 19:45:50-04

On Thursday, state and federal flags will be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims who died in Kabul.

During the White House briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said flags would be lowered on Thursday and stay lowered until sunset on Aug. 30, “in honor of the victims of the senseless acts of violence in Kabul."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also ordered the flags be lowered at the U.S. Capitol.

"Today, I ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of the U.S. Servicemembers & others killed in the terrorist attack outside of the Kabul airport," Pelosi said.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff.

"Today is a tragic day for our nation. I am sending my deepest condolences and prayers to the loved ones of the U.S. forces killed and wounded in today’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. I am horrified by this attack on our brave service members as well as other innocent civilians in the area," he said.

This comes after 13 U.S. service members were killed and 15 more were injured in a series of explosions near the Kabul airport on Thursday.

When asked during the briefing if President Joe Biden had spoken to the families of the service members killed in Afghanistan, Psaki said the president had not reached out because the next-of-kin notification process still being underway.

She added that President Biden "will do everything he can to honor" the fallen service members when asked if he'd travel to Dover, Delaware.