U.S. President Joe Biden Vows to Retaliate Against Kabul Attackers

United States President Joe Biden has vowed on Aug. 26 to retaliate against those behind the attacks at the Kabul international airport that killed dozens, including 12 U.S. service members.

“To those who carried out this attack as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this, we will not forgive, we will not forget, we will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden warned.

The two suicide bombings at the Hamid Karzai International Airport also injured 143 people, including 15 U.S. service members.

In the early evening remarks at the East Room of the White House, Biden also told reporters that he has instructed the U.S. military to respond to the attacks, which were believed to be carried out by members of ISIS-K, a branch of the Islamic State in Afghanistan. 

“I’ve also told my commanders to attack ISIS-K assets. And we will respond with precision, at our time, at a place that we choose, and the moment of our choosing,” Biden said.

Biden also pledged to continue the evacuation efforts and that more troops would be deployed if necessary.

“Whatever they need, if they need additional force, I will grant it,” Biden said.

Biden’s remarks echoed what Central Command Chief General Frank McKenzie said in an earlier briefing.

“Despite this attack, we are continuing the mission,” McKenzie said.

“We are working very hard right now to determine attribution, to determine who is associated with this cowardly attack and we are prepared to take action against them,” McKenzie also said, as quoted by CNN.

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