October 22, 2021

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US releases names of all 13 troops killed in Kabul airport attack

The Defense Department has released the identities of all 13 American service members who were killed in a pair of attacks at the Kabul airport on Thursday.

The deceased are as follows: Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20 of Jackson, Wyoming; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Missouri; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, of Berlin Heights, Ohio; Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah; Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska; Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Knoxville, Tennessee; Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana; Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, California; and Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

The attacks came from two suicide bombers and multiple gunmen, and killed an estimated 170 Afghans. They are the deadliest enemy action against US forces in the country in a decade, after the downing of a US Chinook helicopter in 2011, which killed 30.

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