SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – At least 12 U.S. service members were killed in bombings outside of Kabul’s airport Thursday, according to U.S. officials.
Officials warned, however, that the numbers may grow and it does not include any Afghan causalities.
Local lawmakers are weighing in as the situation unfolds.
“Reports of what is happening in Afghanistan are heartbreaking as we work to safely evacuate Americans and Afghan allies,” Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) tweeted. “My staff and I have been closely monitoring the situation unfolding over the past week & are doing all we can to help with evacuation efforts.”
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) released a statement taking aim at President Joe Biden.
“The preventable death of American troops—the first casualties in Afghanistan in a year and a half and the deadliest day in a decade—is a direct result of failed leadership at every level of the Biden administration,” the statement reads, in part.
“The president must immediately reverse course and dispatch all military resources necessary to ensure the safety of every American and our allies. We cannot leave our fellow citizens to the mercy of terrorists. We cannot leave a single American behind,” Scott added.
Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) called the attack “cowardly and despicable.”
“Georgia and the Nation mourn the tragic loss of heroic U.S. service members killed in action today securing the humanitarian airlift out of Kabul, Afghanistan,” he stated.
The other Republican senator from South Carolina voiced similar concerns to Scott.
“This despicable terrorist attack against innocent civilians at the Kabul airport, which injured American Marines, is a reminder of the depravity the world faces from Afghanistan,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) shared.
He urged the Biden administration to reopen the Bagram Air Base as an alternative to the Kabul airport.
“The retaking of Bagram would put our military at risk, but I think those involved in the operation would gladly accept that risk because it would restore our honor as a nation and save lives,” Graham tweeted.
Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District called the situation “unconscionable.”
“Weeks away from the anniversary of 9/11. I’m heartbroken,” the Republican congresswoman tweeted. “Praying for Kabul this morning, for our troops, for our citizens, and for the innocent people in danger in Afghanistan.”
Georgia’s 1st Congressional District Rep. Buddy Carter said his thoughts and prayers are with “our valiant troops.”
The Republican said Biden needs to take action.
“Fear rises for Afghan allies left behind- we must tend to our wounded, and leave no man behind, Joe Biden must act immediately!” Carter added.