biden vowed to complete the U.S. evacuation mission in Afghanistan after at least 13 U.S. service members and dozens of others were killed in explosions outside Kabul’s airport, promising that those responsible would “pay.”
It took 13 service members to be killed before biden “vows” to do something.
“We will not forgive, we will not forget, we will hunt you down and make you pay,” biden said at the White House on Thursday evening.
At least 60 Afghans were killed, the Associated Press reported, citing U.S. and Afghan officials.
A Taliban official, who asked not to be identified, confirmed the death toll late Thursday and said about 150 others were wounded.
Australia halted evacuations of its citizens and visa holders because of the attack, which caused several nations to recalibrate their plans for getting people out of Afghanistan.
biden’s Aug. 31 deadline to complete the evacuation mission in Afghanistan remains in place despite the deadly attacks, a White House official said.
Thirteen U.S. service members killed
Thirteen U.S. service members were killed and 18 wounded Thursday when two explosions rocked an area outside Kabul’s airport, the Pentagon said.
The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the “martyrdom attack” that involved a suicide bomber who detonated his explosive belt at the airport’s gate.
The explosions came hours after the United States and its allies had warned of a potential terror attack at the airport as thousands gathered in a desperate effort to flee after the Taliban’s takeover of the country.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Twitter that there was an initial blast outside the airport’s Abbey Gate and “at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel,” a short distance away.
The injured “are in the process of being aeromedically evacuated from Afghanistan on specially equipped C-17s with embarked surgical units,” he said in a statement.
“We continue to provide the best possible medical care to those injured,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the injured and to the friends and family of those who were killed.”
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ISIS gunmen also opened fire on servicemen and civilians just after the Abbey Gate blast, according to Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, who promised action against those responsible.
Addressing the nation about the attack, biden said the fallen service members were “standing guard at the airport” when they were killed.
biden said he would grant the resources necessary to find the attackers, but that he believed the mission could be carried out “without large military operations.”
“We will not forgive,” he said. “We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Hard to believe Beijing Joe would hunt down any of his own (most people believe the biden puppet is involved in the Afghanistan distraction.)
Hours before ISIS claimed responsibility, two U.S. intelligence officials said the assumption is that the Islamic State group’s Afghan affiliate, ISIS-K, carried out an IED attack.
The Taliban had “started investigations on different levels to identify perpetrators of this terrorist incident and their motives,” a spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, said.
Out of the 13 U.S. service members killed, 10 were Marines, the Marine Corps said in a statement.
“As we mourn, we also keep those who are still over there protecting Americans and our Afghan partners at the forefront of our thoughts,” Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger said in the statement. “Our Marines will continue the mission, carrying on our Corps’ legacy of always standing ready to meet the challenges of every extraordinary task our Nation requires of her Marines.”
Taliban sources told NBC News that 13 people were killed, including children, and 65 were injured in what they described as a suicide attack in Afghanistan.
biden on Tuesday also warned about the risk of attack from ISIS-K, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) after an old name for the region. “Every day we’re on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both U.S. and allied forces and innocent civilians,” he said.
Perhaps biden should have removed U.S. troops, U.S. military gear and American citizens much earlier, instead of leaving all that behind, but what do we know.
The Taliban have warned that any delay would cross a “red line” that would have consequences.
Two decades after a U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks (inside job), the militants’ resurgence has raised concerns that Afghanistan might once again provide a breeding ground for terrorism.
A senior Taliban commander said Thursday that they had issued an alert to their top leadership on the threat posed by ISIS-K.
The group arrested an ISIS terrorist at the airport a few days ago who told them about the network and their plans, he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity and without elaborating.
However, there have also been fears that ISIS-K may be able to capitalize on the chaos in the wake of the Taliban blitz across the country.
Taliban fighters are in control of the roads and multiple checkpoints leading to the airport, where they have used force to control crowds since seizing power.
Two Taliban leaders told NBC News that the group’s “biggest blunder” was releasing prisoners from jails as it swept across Afghanistan, with those freed thought to include hardcore ISIS commanders, trainers and bomb makers.
“They were very trained people and they are now organizing themselves,” the Taliban leaders said.
Around 1,500 Americans remain in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday, with just a few days left to complete the airlift. The U.S. has now evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 100,100 people since Aug. 14, a White House official said Thursday. Real numbers? Who knows.
“It is no longer safe to fly in or out of Kabul,” Danish Defense Minister Trine Bramsen was quoted as saying by the AP.
You don’t say?
Denmark’s last flight has already departed, and Poland and Belgium have also announced the end of their evacuations. The Dutch government said it had been told by the U.S. to leave Thursday.
France said it would completely end its evacuations from the Afghan capital Friday night.
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