WASHINGTON (AP/ABC News) — President Joe Biden says the United States will complete it’s evacuation of Americans and others from Kabul, despite the attack that killed 12 U.S. service members and many Afghan civilians.
He vowed to avenge the deaths, saying the U.S. has some idea of who perpetrated the attacks and will hunt them down.
Continuing the evacuation means Biden risks more deaths, but the alternative would be an early end to the pullout and leaving behind Americans still seeking to leave the country.
The White House rescheduled Biden’s first in-person meeting with Israel’s new prime minister and canceled a video conference with governors on incoming Afghan refugees after the Kabul attacks.
In an afternoon news conference Biden had a clear and directed message for the assailants responsible for the deadly terror attack outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, and for anyone else who might be planning an attack.
“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,” he said.
“These ISIS terrorists will not win,” he added. “We will rescue the Americans in there. We will get our Afghan allies out. And our mission will go on. America will not be intimidated.”
BREAKING: Pres. Biden says he’s ordered his commanders “to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities.”
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