We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Emotional Biden vows to finish Kabul evacuation, hunt down airport attackers

5 26 335
27.08.2021

WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden vowed Thursday to complete the evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan despite a deadly suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport. He also promised to avenge the deaths, declaring to the extremists responsible: “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

Speaking with emotion from the White House, Biden said the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate was to blame for the attacks that killed 12 American service members and many more Afghan civilians. He said there was no evidence they colluded with the Taliban, who now control the country.

“We have some reason to believe we know who they are,” he said of the bombers and gunmen involved. “Not certain.”

As many as 1,000 Americans and many more Afghans are still struggling to get out of Kabul.

Biden was briefed on the attacks, which also killed dozens of Afghans — reports put the death toll at 60 or more — and came 12 days into the rushed evacuation and five days before its scheduled completion. Some Republicans argued to extend the evacuation beyond next Tuesday’s deadline.

Biden vowed to continue the evacuation of civilians from Kabul and confirmed August 31 would remain the deadline.

There remained an “opportunity for the next several days, between now and the 31st, to be able to get them out.”

“Knowing the threat, knowing that we may very well have another attack, the military has concluded that that’s what we should do. I think they are right.”

As details of the attacks emerged, the White House rescheduled Biden’s first in-person meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for Friday. Bennett offered his condolences and support to Biden and the American people.

The US general overseeing the evacuation, Gen. Frank McKenzie, said after the attacks, “If we can find who is associated with this, we will go after them.” He said it would be a mistake for the United........

© The Times of Israel


Get it on Google Play