U.S. President Barack Obama made a solemn trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday, to honor the remains of 30 American and eight Afghan troops killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Mr. Obama paid his respects as the remains of the fallen soldiers, including 22 members of the elite Navy SEALs, were brought home on two military cargo planes.
The White House said Mr. Obama later met with about 250 family and friends of the fallen soldiers who had gathered at the base, and expressed his condolences and gratitude for the troops' sacrifice.
Tuesday's arrival ceremony in Delaware was closed to the media. The Pentagon said that because the military has not been able to identify the remains of any of the victims, including those of the Afghans, next-of-kin were not in a position to grant approval for media access to the transfer ceremony.
Remains of the seven Afghan commandos and an Afghan interpreter will be returned to Afghanistan once they are identified.