WASHINGTON– President Joe Biden on Thursday swore to finish the evacuation of Americans and their allies from Afghanistan after a lethal fear attack near Kabul’s airport took the lives of more than a lots U.S. service members and numerous Afghans.
“We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation,” Biden stated from the WhiteHouse “We will rescue Americans, we will get our Afghan allies, and the mission will go on. America will not be intimidated.”
The U.S. has about 5,400 military workers helping with the emergency situation evacuation efforts in Kabul.
U.S. Central Command verified Thursday night that the death toll had actually increased to 13 U.S. service members and 18 injured after a suicide bomber detonated a dynamite.
U.S. MarineGen Kenneth McKenzie, leader of U.S. Central Command, stated that a variety of Afghan civilians were likewise eliminated in the blast, however he was unable to offer an accurate number. He included that the present U.S. military evaluation is that the bomber was an ISIS fighter.
ISIS has actually declared duty for the attack.
The president resolved those accountable for the attack, stating, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
“I’ll defend our interests and our people with every measure in my command,” Biden stated.
“I’ve also ordered my commanders to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities. We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose and at the moment of our choosing,” he stated, showing that the U.S. had leads on the ISIS leaders who bought the attack.
“We have some reason to believe we know who they are,” Biden stated, though he kept in mind that the U.S. was not particular. “And we will find ways for our choosing, without large military operations, to get them, wherever they are.”
The president had actually cautioned on Tuesday that remaining longer than prepared in Afghanistan brought major dangers for foreign soldiers and civilians. He has actually stated that ISIS-K, the Afghanistan- based affiliate of the fear group, provided a growing hazard to the airport.
“I’ve repeatedly said this mission was extraordinarily dangerous, and that’s why I’ve been so determined to limit the duration of this mission,” Biden restated on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, the president informed leaders of the G-7, NATO, United Nations and European Union that the United States will withdraw its military from Afghanistan by the end of the month.
In the last 24 hours, Western forces left 13,400 individuals out of Kabul on 91 military freight airplane flights. Since the mass evacuations started onAug 14, roughly 95,700 individuals have actually been airlifted out of Afghanistan.
About 101,300 individuals have actually been left considering that completion of July, consisting of about 5,000 U.S. residents and their households.
A State Department representative stated Thursday that the U.S. is now in contact with the roughly 1,000 Americans thought to be still in Afghanistan.
“The vast majority — over two-thirds — informed us that they were taking steps to leave,” the representative included.