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U.S. Marine Sgt. Alice Ward stands at attention as the hearse carrying fallen Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario passes in Stoneham, Massachusetts, on Saturday. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Hundreds of people in Lawrence, Massachusetts, turned out to honor U.S. Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario, one of 13 U.S. troops killed in an Afghanistan bombing last month, as her remains arrived home Saturday, per Reuters.

The big picture: State Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Kim Janey and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) were among those paying respects when Rosario's casket arrived at Boston's Logan International Airport on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

What they're saying: Rosario, who died while helping screen people during Kabul evacuations, was 5 years old when the attacks that led to U.S. military action in Afghanistan happened, noted Local 146 Lawrence Firefighters Union president Eric Zahn, CBS Boston reports.

  • "She didn't know what 9/11 was all about, but she still answered the call to serve her country and she did it to the point of serving the ultimate sacrifice," he said at the airport.

Of note: More than 7,000 U.S. military personnel have died in conflicts connected to 9/11 — with some 2,500 of these occurring in Afghanistan, per the Costs of War project at Brown University's Watson Institute.

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Updated Aug 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Taliban declare victory in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters sit on a vehicle along the street in Jalalabad province on Sunday. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Taliban leaders declared Monday "the war is over," after taking control of Afghanistan nearly 20 years on from the militant group fleeing a U.S.-led coalition march into Kabul.

Driving the news: The declaration to Al Jazeera came after the Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday, and following the U.S. evacuation of the American Embassy on Monday. The U.S. was taking over air traffic control at Kabul's airport, where chaotic scenes were reported Monday, as foreigners and Afghan citizens attempted to flee.

Aug 15, 2021 - World

Blinken: "This is manifestly not Saigon" all over again in Afghanistan

As video emerged on Sunday of military helicopters landing near the U.S. embassy in Kabul to rapidly evacuate U.S. personnel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured: "This is manifestly not Saigon."

Driving the news: Blinken made the rounds on the Sunday shows to defend President Biden's resolute withdrawal of the U.S. military as Kabul nears complete surrender to the Taliban.

Taliban won't work with U.S. to rein in extremist groups

Afghan Taliban members inspect the site of an explosion at a mosque in Kunduz on Oct. 8. Photo: Ajmal Kakar/Xinhua via Getty Images

The Taliban said on Saturday it will not work with the U.S. to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, AP reports.

Why it matters: The remarks come as a U.S. delegation meets on Saturday and Sunday with senior Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar.