We Will Hunt You Down and Make You Pay!
President Biden addressed the Islamic State terror group, which was responsible for the attack on Kabul International Airport that claimed the lives of U.S. personnel.
President Joe Biden promised on Thursday to make terrorists "pay" for the deadly attacks that killed 13 US service members and injured many others earlier in the day.
"We will not forgive those who carried out this attack or anyone who wishes America harm. We won't forget! Biden said during an evening news conference. "I will defend our interests and people with all my might."
And he believes that the military will "get them, wherever they are." After the latest attacks, Biden told his commanders he would provide additional forces if needed while acknowledging there may be more. For now, he said, military leaders had agreed to carry out the mission as planned.
"I've also ordered my commanders to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership, and facilities," the president said. "We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose and a moment of our choosing. Here's what you need to know. These ISIS terrorists will not win." Biden said.
The president was visibly moved as he spoke of the fallen. Biden said slowly, looking down, about losing his son Beau in Iraq. Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015 after returning from overseas.
They are "part of the bravest, most capable, and selfless military on the face of the Earth," Biden said. The president led a moment of silence for the "spine of America's" troops.
"We understand, like many of you, how these brave heroes' families feel today," Biden said. "You feel sucked into a black hole in your chest. No way out. I know my heart aches for you. We have a sacred obligation to all of you, the families of those heroes."
The president said the US would finish its mission to get "as many people out" by the deadline of Aug. 31. Afraid of losing Afghan allies, he replied, "We'll keep trying to get them out." "It does."
"Terrorists will not deter us," Biden said. "They will not stop our mission. We will keep going."
When asked later if the attacks would affect how many people can leave Afghanistan in the remaining days, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, "it's a good question."
The last 12 hours saw over 7,000 people evacuated. "We are working now to get as many people out and onto these plans as possible, even as we work to address these security threats on the ground," Psaki said. The US military is incredible, and they are working even while facing security threats to continue the evacuation mission.
According to CENTCOM spokesperson Capt, a massive evacuation effort has gathered thousands of people outside Kabul's airport, and the attacks on Thursday wounded 18 troops. Bill Urban. The Associated Press reports that the bombing killed at least 60 Afghans and injured more than 140 others.
But Biden acknowledged that the operation had been "messy" while praising the troops for their efforts.
Even as the chaotic operation intensifies, the president has defended the withdrawal and his approaching deadline. The president was asked Thursday if he took any responsibility for the mission's failure as people desperately try to flee the country.
"I am fundamentally responsible for what has happened recently," Biden said before criticizing former President Trump.
The absence of attacks under former President Donald Trump was due to Trump's agreement with the Taliban to withdraw US troops by May 1.
On behalf of those killed in the Thursday bombings, Biden issued a proclamation ordering the American flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House, public buildings, and military posts until sunset on Aug. 30. He will also order all US embassies and consulates abroad to fly the flag at half-staff.