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Nevada lawmakers express grief over loss of life in Afghanistan


In this frame grab from video, people attend to a wounded man near the site of a deadly explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen have targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Nevada lawmakers reacted today to the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan that killed a dozen U.S. service members and scores of Afghans outside the Kabul airport.

Eleven U.S. Marines and a Navy medic were among the dead. At least 60 Afghans also died as U.S. forces continued evacuation efforts following the fall of the Afghan government and the deadline for U.S. troops to exit the country.

Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, D-Nev., said her office was monitoring the situation, noting that repatriating Americans and bringing Afghan allies to safety is a top priority.

“My heart is with all the brave service members who are working around the clock to facilitate evacuation efforts and protect our national security,” the senator wrote on Twitter.

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev, said her office was “working to process a large number of requests to expedite evacuations of individuals from Afghanistan.”

“My heart goes out to the families of our brave Marines killed and wounded in Kabul who are always on the front line aiding others,” Titus said via Twitter. “I am continuing to monitor the situation and receiving regular updates from @statedept and @DeptofDefense.”

U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., also took to Twitter to offer condolences. “Heartbroken by the terror attack in Kabul,” she said. “I grieve with the families of our servicemembers and Afghans who have lost loved ones, and pray for the safety of those who are injured. I’ll continue working to support U.S. efforts to evacuate Americans and Afghan partners.”

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., said she was “praying for everyone’s safety in Kabul. We must do everything we can to evacuate all Americans and our allies to safety.”

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said the state was mourning the loss of life. “We owe a debt of gratitude to those risking it all to bring others to safety. Kathy & I are praying for the recovery of those injured & for the safety of U.S. troops & civilians,” the governor said via Twitter.

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