AFGHANISTAN/MILITARY: “Trump has placed several calls over the past week to some family members of the 13 service members killed in an Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist attack during the withdrawal. Several have invited him to attend the funerals, and he has suggested he may try to do so.

Trump and his allies have seen the calamitous end to the war in Afghanistan as a potent political opportunity as he weighs a potential 2024 reelection bid — even though Trump himself advocated for the withdrawal, negotiated with the Taliban before leaving office and urged Biden to leave even sooner.”

-Matt Viser and Josh Dawsey, “Trump reaches out to families of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan,” washingtonpost.com, September 8, 2021