In March, more than 100 people died when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Kabul airport
Vice President Joe Biden visited the site of a July blast at the Afghan government’s Kabul airport Wednesday. He signed a bill establishing the Congressional Gold Medal for the service members killed in the attack.
The new legislation would honor the 160 U.S. service members killed in the suicide bombing, which took place as they waited to take off after an overnight flight from Camp Leatherneck, a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan.
The attack was a devastating blow to the Taliban, which has gained ground in the war-torn country. It also showed the complexity of fighting in the Afghan capital city, because the timing of the attack meant there were plenty of civilians – including journalists – outside the airport, whose lives may have been jeopardized.
The bombing is a dramatic turnaround in Afghanistan, after the Trump administration drew a much more moderate line in its military actions than the Obama administration. It was aimed at undermining peace talks with the Taliban, after the Taliban had initially expressed interest in talks.
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