US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in regards to the scenario in Afghanistan within the East Room of the White Home on August 16, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Picture by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)
US President Joe Biden pledged Thursday to search out the perpetrators of the suicide bombings that killed 12 American troops in Kabul and mentioned the US is not going to be deterred from its mission to evacuate 1000’s of civilians from Afghanistan.
“To those that carried out this assault in addition to anybody who needs America hurt, know this: We is not going to forgive. We is not going to overlook. We are going to hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden mentioned.
In a solemn handle from the White Home, he praised the slain US servicemen as “heroes” and mentioned the evacuation mission from Kabul will proceed till the deliberate US withdrawal date of August 31.
“We is not going to be deterred by terrorists. We is not going to allow them to cease our mission. We are going to proceed the evacuation,” Biden mentioned.
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He reaffirmed the August 31 deadline for all US troops to depart Afghanistan and mentioned the US forces would fly out as many individuals as doable earlier than that date.
There stays an “alternative for the following a number of days, between now and the thirty first, to have the ability to get them out,” he mentioned.
“Understanding the risk, realizing that we could very properly have one other assault, the army has concluded that that’s what we must always do. I believe they’re proper.”
Biden additionally mentioned he has seen no proof that the Taliban colluded with Islamic State militants in finishing up the lethal assaults in Kabul.
“There isn’t any proof to this point that I’ve been given as a consequence by any of the commanders within the area that there was collusion between the Taliban and ISIS in finishing up what occurred as we speak,” he mentioned.