Chairs Maloney and Lynch Issue Statement on Terror Attacks in Afghanistan
Washington, D.C. (August 26, 2021)— Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement after today’s terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan:
“We are deeply saddened by today’s horrific terrorist attack outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, which tragically killed and wounded U.S. servicemembers and Afghan civilians. Our hearts break for the families of all of those killed and injured during this extremely difficult moment.
“The servicemembers and diplomats on the ground at the Kabul airport represent the best of America as a force for good in the world. Under extremely dangerous circumstances, these brave men and women—many with families and children of their own—have heroically worked around the clock to rescue their fellow Americans and bring Afghans fleeing violence and persecution to safety.
“Today’s attack is a tragic reminder of just how dangerous the situation remains in Afghanistan, especially for the U.S. personnel still at the Kabul airport. At this critical moment, we must come together to support the safe evacuation of U.S. citizens and our Afghan allies and partners, and to ensure that those responsible for today’s murderous attack are brought to justice.”