US President Joe Biden promised to track down and destroy the ISIS-K terrorists responsible for the deaths of 13 American service members and dozens of Afghans in a double suicide attack on Kabul Airport.
He made the promise on Thursday, August 26, as he joined UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in vowing to continue evacuation efforts in Afghanistan despite a “continued” risk of terrorist bombings.
The ISIS-K terrorist group is an offshoot of the terrorist organization Islamic State and an adversary of the Taliban, who control the country (IS).
ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the double bombing last night, August 26, which killed at least 90 people and injured more than 150 others.
Among the casualties were 11 US Marines, a US Navy medic, and another US service member screening evacuees at airport gates.
The Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport, where US troops were screening Afghans for evacuation, and the nearby Baron Hotel, where thousands of Afghans, Britons, and Americans had been told to gather in recent days before heading to the airport for evacuation, were both targeted in the bombings.
Biden paid tribute to the “selfless heroes” who died while rescuing Afghans.
Despite the fact that the Pentagon is in the process of withdrawing all of its forces from Afghanistan, the Pentagon has warned that there is still an imminent threat of an attack at the airport and has now been directed to develop strike plans to target ISIS-K assets and leadership.
“Those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive, and we will not forget,” Biden said in a White House address.
He added: “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom also condemned yesterday’s terror attack, which is not believed to have killed any British troops or officials.
He also vowed to keep the rescue effort at Kabul airport going, where brave British troops were seen sweeping the perimeter last night following the double bombing.