House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
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Reacting to Thursday’s bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan that killed at least 12 U.S. soldiers and an unconfirmed number of civilians, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement.

Pelosi begins by saying that she “strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack” and mourns “the loss of every innocent life.”

Next, the House Speaker says that “over 100,000 people have been evacuated” successfully so far and promises that “our Committees of Jurisdiction will continue to hold briefings on Afghanistan.”

She closes by offering prayer for the attack’s victims and expressing gratitude for all Americans who have served in Afghanistan.

Pelosi’s full statement is presented below:

“The United States House of Representatives strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack outside Kabul airport.  We mourn the loss of every innocent life taken, and we join every American in heartbreak over the deaths of the servicemembers killed.

“Since the end of July, over 100,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan with the assistance of the U.S. military and allied forces.  As we continue this process, Congress, on a bipartisan basis, remains deeply concerned about the security and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.  As we work with the Biden Administration to bring stability to the situation, Congress must continue to be kept closely informed, which is why I have requested that the Executive Branch continue to brief Members.  At the same time, our Committees of Jurisdiction will continue to hold briefings on Afghanistan.

“As we pray for the lives lost, the many injured and their families, Congress and the Country are grateful to our military, diplomatic and intelligence communities for their courage and patriotism.”