Biden vows to hunt down ISIS-K for double suicide bomb attack that killed 13 US troops and 90 Afghans
- 11 Marines, a Navy medic and a 13th American were killed on Thursday by the attacks at Kabul airport
- In an address to the nation, President Biden promised to hunt down the perpetrators and ‘make them pay’
- The US President said the Islamic State’s local affiliate, ISIS-K, was responsible for the double suicide attack
- And he said he had already asked commanders for ‘plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities’
- It comes as Boris Johnson yesterday vowed to continue the evacuation mission despite the terrorist attacks
- Speaking after a COBRA meeting at Downing Street, he said: ‘I want to stress that we’re going to continue’
PRESIDENT Joe Biden addressed the nation and said he’ll “hunt down ISIS and make them pay” after Marines were killed in the Kabul airport bombing.
Biden spoke on the terror attacks from the White House Thursday evening — after 13 US troops were among the killed, more than 100, and dozens injured in the “ISIS” suicide bomb attacks today.
The president told his listeners: “For those that 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. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”
Two explosions rocked the airport in Afghanistan just hours before the evacuation deadline.
Thousands of people have gathered at the airport over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated after the Taliban seized power.
At least 13 United States service members and 90 Afghans were killed in the bombings, the Wall Street Journal reported.
And the number of U.S. personnel killed is reportedly likely to rise even higher, a US official told Reuters.
A third blast was reportedly heard at the airport hours after the earlier two.
PENTAGON OFFICIAL UNAWARE OF ANY UK CASUALTIES
Marine Corps General Kenneth F McKenzie Jr said he was not aware of any UK military casualties in the suicide bombings outside Kabul airport.
In a press briefing on the attacks which have killed at least 12 US military personnel, he said: “As far as I know no UK military casualties as a result of that”.
ISIS CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUICIDE ATTACK
Isis has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack outside Kabul airport, the group’s propaganda arm Amaq said on its Telegram channel.
A suicide bomber from the Islamist militant group “managed to reach a large gathering of translators and collaborators with the American army at ‘Baran Camp’ near Kabul Airport and detonated his explosive belt among them, killing about 60 people and wounding more than 100 others, including Taliban fighters,” it said.
The attack was likely carried out as ISIS-K – an offshoot of the terror group which was formed by disgruntled former Taliban fighters in 2015.
They have waged war on both Coalition forces and the Taliban ever since.
90 PEOPLE DEAD
As of Thursday evening, 13 US services members were killed in the attack outside of Kabul’s airport, CBS News reports.
In total, 90 people were killed and an Afghan official revealed that more than 150 people were wounded.
The number of injured and dead is expected to rise.
WHO ARE ISIS-K?
The terrorist group – estimated to be up 10,000 in number and originally formed in 2015 – have been a consistent threat to security in Afghanistan, carrying out brutal suicide bombings and vile ceremonial executions.
The “K” refers to the historical region of Greater Khorasan, which covers Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and others.
Despite efforts from the West, the Afghan government, and even the Taliban to fight them back – they are feared to try and seize upon the chaos sown by the country’s collapse.
They are led by terrorist warlord Shahab al-Muhajir, a former al-Qaeda fighter, who took power in April 2020 after their previous boss, Abdullah Orokzai, was captured by Afghan forces.
U.S. SENATOR: WE CAN’T TRUST THE TALIBAN WITH AMERICAN SAFETY
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, who sits on the Senate’s influential Foreign Relations Committee, has called the situation in Kabul “a full-fledged humanitarian crisis.”
He said that “U.S. government personnel, already working under extreme circumstances, must secure the airport and complete the massive evacuation of Americans citizens and vulnerable Afghans desperately trying to leave the country.”
“I understand that American personnel were among the casualties and my prayers are with the victims of this cowardly attack and their families,” Menendez said. “As we wait for more details to come in, one thing is clear: We can’t trust the Taliban with Americans’ security.”.
The Taliban have agreed not to harm foreign service people provided they leave the country by 31st August as part of a deal agreed with the U.S last year.
BODIES ‘FLEW INTO WATER’
One of the bombers reportedly hit people standing in a wastewater canal – sending bodies flying into the water.
People waiting desperately for a space on a flight out of Afghanistan were seen carrying those who had been wounded to ambulances, their clothes covered in blood.
Bloodied survivors were raced from the scene in wheelbarrows, according to local TV news channels.
15 SERVICE MEMBERS INJURED
Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, said: “At this time we know that 12 US service members have been killed in the attack, and 15 more service members have been injured.
“A number of Afghan civilians were also killed and injured in the attack.”
Other blasts were heard in Kabul in the hours after the earlier two.
WHO SET OFF THE KABUL BOMBS?
Following the attacks, it was reported that the two suicide bombs were from ISIS.
The explosions rocked the airport just hours before the evacuation deadline.
A senior Afghan health official told BBC 140 people have been hurt along with the 60 deaths.
A source told Fox News that the attacks in Kabul may be an “ongoing event” – with more violence to come.
BIDEN TIMELINE CONT
- July 1, 2021: Biden and wife Jill land in Miami to help with the Surfside condo collapse and console families.
- June 28, 2021: Biden is set to welcome the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, to the White House.
- June 27, 2021: The Biden administration launched airstrikes on Iran-backed militants on the Syrian border.
- June 25, 2021: The president applauded VP Harris on doing a “great job” on the Mexico border crisis despite her not visiting the region once since becoming “border czar” in March.
- June 24, 2021: President Biden speaks to reporters at the White House about the deadly Miami building collapse that left more than 100 missing – but not before being reminded to address the topic by VP Kamala Harris.
- June 23, 2021: Biden unveiled a crackdown on guns while announcing that states can use $350billion in Covid funding to hire more cops as crime across the US surges.
- June 17, 2021: President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. June 19 is now a federal holiday.
- June 16, 2021: Biden returns to the White House after his first overseas trip as president.
‘THEY WERE HEROES’
Biden remembers the fallen service members as “heroes.”
“Heroes who’ve been engaged in a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others,” he said.
BIDEN ORDERED COMMANDERS TO ‘STRIKE BACK’
He said: “I’ve also ordered my commanders to develop operational plans to strike Isis key assets, leadership, and facilities.
“We will respond with force and precision at our time at a place we choose in a moment of our choosing.”
BIDEN SLAMS FORMER PRESIDENT
The president said: “I bear responsibility for fundamentally all that’s happened of late.
“But here’s the deal: you know as well as I do that the former president made a deal with the Taliban.”
BIDEN TIMELINE CONT
- August 5, 2021: Biden signs an executive order that targets zero-emissions vehicles to be half of all cars sold in the US by 2030.
- July 26, 2021: Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq.
- July 23, 2021: Biden was heckled at a rally in Virginia – before he boasted about “whipping” Donald Trump in the state during the 2020 election.
- July 21, 2021: President Biden ordered his first airstrike on Jihadi targets in Somalia amid a worrying rise in terror attacks across Africa.
- July 20, 2021: Biden welcomed Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House.
- July 13, 2021: Biden will travel to Philadelphia and give remarks on protecting the sacred, constitutional right to vote.
- July 9, 2021: President Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin and threatened to retaliate following the huge ransomware attacks carried out by Russian hackers.
- July 7, 2021: The president will travel to Crystal Lake, Illinois, seeking bipartisan support for a bill that will enhance child care and healthcare expenditures.
- July 6, 2021: Biden delivers remarks about the COVID-19 vaccination program during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus.
BIDEN CONCLUDES SPEECH
“Ladies and gentlemen, it was time to leave a 20-year war,” Biden said at the end of his speech.
‘A MOST SACRED OBLIGATION’
In a message to the victims’ families, Biden said: “My heart aches for you. But I know this:
“We have a continuing obligation, a most sacred obligation, to all of you.
“The families of those heroes… that obligation is not temporary, it lasts forever.”
‘WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN’
Biden’s message: “To those who carried out this attack — know this:
“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
‘EVACUATION WILL CONTINUE’
“We will not be deterred by terrorists,” Biden said. “We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation.”
‘WE WILL FIND WAYS … TO GET THEM’
Speaking at the White House on Thursday evening, Biden said: “With regard to finding and tracking down the ISIS leaders who ordered this, we have some reason to believe we know who they are. Not certain.
“And we will find ways of our choosing, without large military operations, to get them. Wherever they are.”
BIDEN TIMELINE CONT.
- August 18, 2021: The president will be interviewed by former White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos on the growing crisis in Afghanistan.
- August 16, 2021: Biden doubled down on the decision to withdraw troops ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as he slammed the Afghan government for “giving up” in the face of Taliban militants.
- August 15, 2021: Joe Biden was slammed for “hiding out on vacation” at Camp David while the Taliban overruns Afghanistan after pulling US troops.
- August 14, 2021: The Biden administration approved the largest permanent increase to food stamp benefits in the program’s history, giving 42 million Americans more money to buy groceries.
- August 12, 2021: Biden gave a speech on his “Build Back Better” agenda.
- August 11, 2021: The president appeared to “get lost” when returning to the White House as he ignored his Secret Service agent’s instructions by walking on the lawn.
- August 10, 2021: Biden’s bipartisan $1trillion infrastructure bill is passed
BIDEN ‘BEARS RESPONSIBILITY’
“I bear responsibility for, fundamentally, all that’s happened of late.
“But here’s the deal: You know, I wish you’d one day say these things, you know as well as I do, that the former president made a deal with the Taliban.”
‘I HAVE ANOTHER MEETING, FOR REAL’
As Biden answered the last question, he said “I have another meeting, for real,” before continuing his answer.
Biden said he has been “engaged all day, in constant contact with military commanders” about the attacks in Kabul.
BIDEN QUOTES BOOK OF ISAIAH
Just before Biden asked for a moment of silence for service members, he said: “When the Lord says, ‘Who shall I send?’
“The American military has been answering for a long time, ‘Here I am, Lord. Send me.'”
BIDEN’S RECENT TIMELINE
- August 26, 2021: Biden to address the public following the Kabul airport attacks.
- August 23, 2021: Biden again ignored questions about the Middle East crisis after his aide says he “never shies away” from reporters.
- August 22, 2021: During a live address to the nation, Biden again insisted that pulling US troops out of Afghanistan was “the right decision” as he defended his handling of the crisis.
- August 21, 2021: Biden canceled his trip to his holiday home in Delaware as the crisis in Afghanistan rages on.
- August 20, 2021: President Biden addressed the nation about the US’ evacuation efforts in Afghanistan amid fierce criticism.
A MESSAGE TO ‘THOSE WHO CARRIED OUT THIS ATTACK’
Biden said: “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.”