Harlem’s Espaillat Statement On The Terrorist Attack At Hamid Karzai International Airport

August 26, 2021

Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat released the following statement in response to President Biden’s remarks on the bombings at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

Afghanistan that killed 12 American service members, dozens of innocent civilians, and injured many more:

“The terrorist attack that took place today outside of Kabul airport was horrific, heinous, and an act of cowardice. I mourn the loss of innocent lives lost to this tragedy, and I express my deepest condolences to the loved ones of the servicemembers, American citizens, and Afghan allies we lost today. The United States must do everything possible to ensure justice for those who lost their lives in the line of duty carrying out these evacuation efforts,” said Rep. Espaillat.


“I thank the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, as well our nation’s diplomats, who continue to put their lives on the line to ensure the United States’ evacuation mission continues – even in light of today’s attacks. We must not – and will not – be deterred from the critical mission at hand, and I thank President Biden for his commitment to our troops, our allies, and the American people in continuing this evacuation.

“To forfeit the evacuation mission would dishonor the sacrifice these men and women made for our country and for the people of Afghanistan,” Espaillat concluded.

Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the northwest Bronx.


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First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.

He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice-Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.

Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

Photo credit: Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

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