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Names Of U.S. Service Members Who Died Alongside 170 Afghans In Kabul Released

The U.S. Department of Defense has released the names of all 13 U.S. service members who died in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport on Thursday.

Only one of the troops who died in the bombing had reached their 30th birthday. The other 12 were as young as 20, hailing from all over the U.S. Their remains were being flown back to the U.S. Saturday morning, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Saturday.

They were likely some of the last members of the American military to die in the Afghanistan War, and were killed alongside around 170 Afghans when the blast rocked a gate where U.S. troops were completing face-to-face security checks, surrounded by a crowd of desperate people standing, at some points, in a ditch full of sewage water.

The group known as Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, claimed responsibility for the attack. In retaliation, the U.S. military executed a drone strike that Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor said killed two ISIS-K “facilitators” and “planners,” although the Pentagon declined to give their names. Officials have warned that this week’s bombing may not be the last before U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Aug. 31.

They names of the U.S. service members are:

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah 

Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts 

Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California 

Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California 

Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California

Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee

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