Biden vows to evacuate Afghanistan and hunt down ISIS leaders after Kabul attack

Biden vows to evacuate Afghanistan and hunt down ISIS leaders after Kabul attack

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday promised to complete the evacuation of Americans and their allies after a deadly terrorist attack near Kabul airport that claimed the lives of a dozen U.S. servicemen and several Afghans.

“We will not be afraid of terrorists. We won’t let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation, ”Biden told the White House.

The United States has approximately 5,400 military personnel to assist with emergency evacuation efforts in Kabul. McKenzie said the United States was continuing the evacuation operation.

“We will not forgive, we will not forget, we will hunt you down and pay you,” the president said, addressing those responsible for the attack.

“I will defend my interests and those of my people with all possible measures,” Biden said. “We will respond forcefully and precisely when and where we choose and when we choose. “

US Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, said 11 US Marines and a Navy medic were killed and 15 injured in the explosive blast by two suicide bombers.

McKenzie, who oversees US military operations in the region, also said several Afghan civilians were also killed in the blast, but was unable to provide exact figures. He said the current US military assessment is that the attackers were ISIS fighters.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the past 24 hours, Western forces have evacuated 13,400 people from Kabul in 91 military cargo plane flights. Since the start of the mass evacuation on August 14, approximately 95,700 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan.

About 101,300 people have been evacuated since the end of July, including about 5,000 US citizens and their families.

A State Department spokesperson said Thursday that the United States is now in contact with about 1,000 Americans who are believed to be in Afghanistan.

“The vast majority – over two-thirds – have informed us that they are taking action to leave,” the spokesperson said.

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