The US president Joe Biden vowed to avenge the deadly bomb attack which has led to the death of thirteen (13) and injured 18 service members outside Kabul airport. He also assured that the evacuation mission will continue through the August 31 deadline (Redline).
In a televised speech on Thursday evening, US President Joe Biden said the military is in the process of developing “operational plans to strike IS leadership, assets, and facilities.”
It comes after twin bombing attacks outside Kabul airport killed at least 13 US service members and 95 Afghan civilians.
The death toll makes it one of the deadliest incidents for American troops for the entire 20-year war in Afghanistan and the middle-east entirely.
The Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate, known as IS-K claimed responsibility for the terror attacks. It said it had targeted American troops and their Afghan allies in a statement.
Biden reacts to Kabul attacks
In a televised speech on Thursday evening, Biden said:
“We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission… We will continue the evacuation.”
“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,”
Biden said, referring to those responsible.
President Biden called the fallen US soldiers “heroes” and said US forces would continue the evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies to meet the August 31 pullout deadline.
He defended his decision to end the US combat mission in the country: “It was time to end a 20-year war.”
The White House said in a statement Thursday that more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the Taliban took over on August 14.
It’s estimated that as many as 1,000 Americans are still stranded in Kabul.
Thousands of Afghans who worked with the US military are also stuck in the country, according to the International Rescue Committee.
President Biden has decided to stick with a plan to remove all troops from the country by August 31.