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Valley reps on Kabul attack: “Disastrous,” “Not Unexpected.”

The San Joaquin Valley’s Federal lawmakers issued statements following the terrorist attack led by ISIS of Khorasan Province on Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport that killed 12 U.S. service members and wounded 15 more.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the brave U.S. service members killed in today’s terror attacks in Kabul,” Rep Devin Nunes (R–Tulare) said in a statement. “These tragic events are the latest in a crisis cascading from President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. The President and his administration must now focus all their energies on rapidly rescuing the Americans and Afghani allies they abandoned in Afghanistan and bringing justice to the terrorists who perpetrated these unconscionable attacks.”

Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) said that the attack on American personnel assisting American citizens and Afghan collaborator evacuate from Afghanistan was “not unexpected.”

“The deaths of American service members and innocent civilians is heartbreaking. I mourn alongside their families and loved ones and pray for the safety of our service members who remain,” Costa said in a statement.

“The attack that took place today at the airport in Afghanistan by ISIS-K was horrific but not unexpected. Our intelligence agencies had feared this for weeks. We must respond in proportion to let these terrorists know that they will be held accountable for the loss of American lives.

“We are monitoring the situation in Afghanistan closely and I’m in regular contact with the White House and our intelligence community. Despite this tragedy, we must not lose site of the critical mission to evacuate Americans and allies as quickly as possible.”

This story will be updated.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.