Local, statewide officials react to Afghanistan bombings, killings U.S. military members; Moment of silence moment held in Jacksonville at Freedom Fountain

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local and North Carolina officials released statements after a series of targeted explosions killed numerous U.S. service members and wounded dozens more in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Onslow Civic Affairs Committee held a moment of silence at noon, Friday, August 27, 2021, at the Freedom Fountain adjacent to the Jacksonville City Hall.

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Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) released the following statement:

“I want to express my most heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the U.S. service members who lost their lives in today’s attack. This unspeakable tragedy is a reminder of the tremendous sacrifices displayed by our nation’s heroes. Our worst fears are now being realized, as we are witnessing the brutal consequences of President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. I worry that the violence will only escalate. For reasons beyond comprehension, the Biden Administration continues to trust the Taliban. They and other Islamic terrorist groups, including ISIS-K and Al Qaeda, have sworn death to America – and they must be held accountable for their crimes against the United States. I join all Americans, and our friends and allies around the world, in praying for the peace and safety of our service members, fellow citizens, trusted allies, and all innocents harmed in this tragic terrorist attack. Despite Biden’s capitulation to the Taliban’s August 31st withdrawal deadline, the mission is not complete until every American is back on friendly soil.”

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Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips stated:

“On behalf of the City of Jacksonville and the City Council, we mourn the loss of the 11 US Marines and one Navy Corpsman killed in Kabul earlier today. We pray that there is no further loss from this event which is unfolding now in Kabul, Afghanistan. I have asked that all City flags be flown at half-mast. Although we do not yet have the names of those individuals, the City of Jacksonville shares in their loss. We are One City, One Community, and One Marine family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones today, and to those still overseas risking their lives as we speak.”

Senator Thom Tillis:


North Carolina Attorney General, Josh Stein:

Marines assigned to duty there have mostly come from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and some from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response Unit at Central Command.

Chairman of the Onslow County Board of Commissioners, Jack Bright:

“We grieve for their loss and issue our prayers for their families, friends, and fellow service members. This is a somber reminder of both 9/11 and the Beirut Bombing. This is a devasting loss for these families. Every day we as Onslow Citizens walk among these heroes who are sent into harm’s way to serve our nation. They are in our restaurants, stores, and parks. They were doing their duty in Afghanistan, and it is our responsibility as home to the Marines and Sailors who train and live here, to note their sacrifice and courage. These service members were part of the Marine Corps team, whether or not they were from here, and should be remembered for answering the call of their nation to do the honorable work of helping others. Our community is one of active duty, retired and civilians who appreciate the call of duty required for the defense of our nation. These are our family and friends and, this is our community. We mourn for their loss and issue our condolences.”

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