Gold Star families react after Taliban takes Afghanistan

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Several Gold Star families say their “hearts are broken” amid the deadly and chaotic withdrawal of Americans from Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control of the country.

Speaking to Fox News on Monday, Gold Star wife Jane Horton — whose husband, Christopher, was an Army specialist in Afghanistan — said she feared for the US personnel and Afghans still trying to flee.

“My heart is broken, our hearts are broken as a Gold Star community,” she said.

Her father-in-law and Chris’ father, David Horton, added that the feeling among many Gold Star families was “sadness.”

“My son … laid down his life. He was killed in action. Chris was fighting for what he believed in,” he said.

“A secure Afghanistan made our nation more secure. So we’re just sad to see this. I agree, we had to leave, we didn’t have to leave this way and with things in such a disarray.”

Krista Keating-Joseph, whose son Charlie was killed in action, said Afghan families were now going to lose their children just like she did given that the Taliban had regained control.

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Jane Horton, who lost her husband in Afghanistan, said she feared for the US personnel and Afghans still trying to flee.
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“It’s over for them,” she said.

Some relatives of fallen US soldiers also slammed President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal.

Army Spc. Christopher D. Horton.
Army Spc. Christopher Horton died of his injuries after enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire.
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“Trump tried to get our troops out for all four years of his administration. Biden comes in and in order to not give President Trump a victory, he gave the Taliban three months of prime fighting season time to plan this assault,” said Joe Kent, whose wife, Shannon, was killed in Syria in 2019.

“We need to do everything in our power right now, move heaven and earth, destroy whatever we have to destroy, kill whoever we have to kill to get all of our people out. That needs to be our top priority right now.”

Meanwhile, Roya Rahmani — who was Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the US — expressed her gratitude to US veterans and Gold Star families for their service after the Taliban regained control of the country.

“You made a huge difference … in lives of people you haven’t met and will never meet,” Rahmani told veterans in an interview with Fox News.

“It was the progress that was made.

“It was the education [Afghans] received. It was the job they experienced. It was the opportunities that they enjoyed.”

“That has a life-changing impact.”

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Relatives of fallen US soldiers slammed President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal.
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Thousands of Afghans have been trying to flee after the Taliban took control following a week-long onslaught across the country.

In harrowing scenes, Afghans were filmed desperately chasing after and clinging to a US Air Force plane as it taxied down the runway in Kabul on Monday — with multiple people plunging to their deaths after the aircraft took off.

The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the US and its allies had tried to transform Afghanistan.

Joe and Shannon Kent with their children.
Joe Kent, whose wife, Shannon, was killed fighting ISIS in Syria, says President Biden “gave the Taliban three months of prime fighting season time to plan this assault.”
Joe Kent

Amid the turmoil, the Biden administration is facing mounting criticism at home over its pullout.

Biden is still defending his decision, arguing that Afghan forces had to fight back against the Islamist Taliban.

The lightning Taliban offensive through the country appears to have stunned American officials.

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President Biden is defending his decision, arguing that Afghan forces had to fight back against the Taliban.
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Just days before the insurgents entered Kabul with little if any resistance, a US military assessment predicted it could take months for the capital to fall.

Biden has spent several months downplaying the Taliban threat, saying on July 8 that it was “highly unlikely” insurgents would overrun the country.

Former President Donald Trump has led the backlash against Biden, calling on him to “resign in disgrace” over the crisis.

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