Marine’s father killed in withdrawal from Afghanistan: These were the costs of our deal with the Taliban

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Naval Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover was one of 13 US servicemen killed during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan nearly a year ago.

Darin Hoover joined “UKTN & Friends First” to reflect on his son’s life after the drone strike that killed an al-Qaeda leader in Kabul.

“You have the Taliban with whom we made the deal to end the 20 Years’ War, which allowed us to end that. But at what cost? And it came at the cost of several thousand of our military personnel. And unfortunately it comes at the expense of my son and the other 12 who were with him,” Hoover told Todd Piro and Carley Shimkus.

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Fallen US Marine Taylor Hoover
(UKTN news)

Meanwhile, a Republican Member of Congress warns the Biden administration not to withhold post-action reports of the president’s failed and deadly military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Rep. Ted Budd, RN.C., sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, stating the… Department of Defense (DOD) to release the reports of Afghanistan’s withdrawal and not withhold them because the department was reportedly weighing.

“The disastrous withdrawal of the Biden administration from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of 13 Marines, countless Afghan civilian allies, and has fully manifested American weakness,” Budd told UKTN News Digital in a statement Tuesday.

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In the exclusively obtained letter by UKTN News Digital, Budd said it has been “11 months since the Biden administration mismanaged the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan” and that vital questions of the withdrawal “have been left unanswered, and the leadership of the Department of Defense (DOD) has provided little insight to the public about how errors in intelligence and execution occurred.”

Hoover said he wants his son Taylor to be remembered for his big heart and patriotism. Taylor was killed in an explosion outside Kabul airport that killed 170 Afghan civilians. Many had packed the airport in a desperate attempt to flee the country.

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“That boy literally had the heart of a lion and was very fierce in protecting his family and those he loved. He was very anti-bullying,” he added, stressing that he would defend anyone who was being bullied.

“He was full of love, respect and patriotism for this country and for his men whom he led and trained and worked side by side, hand in hand.”

Houston Keene of UKTN News contributed to this report

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