Saturday, November 27, 2021

Biden vows vengeance on attackers at Kabul airport

US President Joe Biden is vowing revenge on those responsible for Thursday’s deadly attacks outside Kabul airport that killed at least 13 US military personnel and dozens of civilians hoping to flee the Taliban-controlled country. had gathered there.

In a nationally broadcast address, Biden said in a nationally broadcast address, “As well as anyone who wants to harm America who perpetrated this attack, let us know this: We will not forgive.” “We’ll hunt you down and pay you.”

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks in a report on its news agency’s Telegram channel, when suicide bombers attacked two locations along the perimeter of Hamid Karzai International Airport: near the Abbey Gate and near a hotel. Outside.

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A regional branch of Islamic State known as ISIS-Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K, has been blamed for the attacks.

Biden said he ordered commanders to develop an operational plan for attacking ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities, saying, “We will be in force at our time, the location we choose and the moment of our choosing.” Will answer with accuracy.”

A map of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, showing the location of two explosions on August 26, 2021.

Soon after the president’s remarks, the White House press secretary extended his message: “We will hunt down these terrorists and kill them wherever they are.”

According to the Afghan news agency Pazwok, at least 90 Afghans were killed in the attack. More than 100 people were killed, including 13 American soldiers.

According to US Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban, eighteen wounded US military personnel were being evacuated from Afghanistan on specially equipped C-17s with surgical units.

The bombings were followed by a gun battle, US General Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, said during a Pentagon news briefing

It was the deadliest day for US forces in Afghanistan in a decade. It made Thursday the most gloomy day for Biden’s 7-month-old presidency, forcing Biden’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to be postponed to the last minute. During the gloomy afternoon, thunder erupted around the White House as a thunderstorm engulfed Washington.

The loss of life also intensified political flashpoints around the Democratic president, with several Republican members of Congress immediately issuing statements saying Biden took personal responsibility and asking him to resign.

Asked about his resignation, Saki replied, “This is not a day for politics.” “And we will hope that any American, whether elected or not, will stand with us and our commitment to fighting and killing those terrorists wherever they live, and to honor the memory of service members.”

More than 100,000 people have left Afghanistan on evacuation flights, Biden said Thursday, adding that evacuations will continue until the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all troops.

“We will kick out Americans who want to get out,” the president said.

A screen grab shows people taking an injured man to a hospital following the August 26, 2021 attack on Kabul’s airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. A branch of Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attacks outside the airport.

Biden and Saki said there was so far no evidence of collusion between the Taliban, which occupied Kabul nearly two weeks ago, and ISIS who carried out the attacks.

The United Nations and NATO condemned the attacks, as did Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Speaking about the first blast, a senior Taliban source confirmed to VOA that a suicide bomber blew himself up in an area holding a large number of people.

The blasts came hours after Western governments warned of a terrorist attack at the airport and said people gathered in the area should move to a safer place.

A US State Department official who spoke to the VOA on condition of anonymity said, “The overall spirit of the mission right now is focused on the (passenger) terminal. A lot of Marines and consular officers cared deeply for the Afghans who were killed. We were helping.”

“The US is trying to advance the mission while knowing that our security has been seriously compromised,” the official said. “There were attacks on our shift changes, otherwise, even consular officers could have been casualties.”

Several of the wounded arrived on Thursday at an emergency hospital in Kabul, run by an international NGO that treats victims of war and landmines. Afghan news channels tweeted pictures of civilians carrying their wounded to wheelbarrows.

Pakistani officials have said that from Friday, reservations should be canceled in hotels in the capital Islamabad and all rooms should be kept with the government for at least three weeks to accommodate the thousands of foreigners being evacuated from Afghanistan immediately.

Biden on Thursday issued a proclamation to lower the American flag across the country through Aug. 30 “as an honor to members of the American service and other victims killed in the terrorist attack.”

Minutes later, the flag above the White House was lowered to half-staff.

Ayaz Gul, Ayesha Tanzeem, Carla Babb, Patsy Vidakuswara contributed to this report.

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