On Thursday, US President, Joe Biden pledged to hunt down the perpetrators of the suicide bombings in Kabul, which killed 12 American troops, and asserted the United States will not be prevented from its mission to evacuate thousands of civilians from Afghanistan.
“To those who carried out this attack as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” the President said.
The evacuation mission from Kabul will start again
From the White House in a solemn address, Biden acclaimed the slain US servicemen as “heroes’ ‘ and further he said the evacuation mission from Kabul will start again until the planned US withdrawal date of 31 August.
“We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation,” Biden said.
Deadline for all US troops to leave Afghanistan
He reaffirmed the deadline for all US troops to leave Afghanistan on 31 August and said that as many people as possible would fly out by the US force before that date.
There remains an “opportunity for the next several days, between now and the 31st, to be able to get them out,” he said.
“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.”
Joe Biden also said he has seen no evidence that the Taliban cooperated with Islamic State militants in carrying out the deadly attacks in Kabul.
“There is no evidence thus far that I’ve been given as a consequence by any of the commanders in the field that there has been collusion between the Taliban and ISIS in carrying out what happened today,” he said.