12 American soldiers did not survive the attack at Kabul Airport.
Aug 27, 2021 at 12:18 AM (updated Aug 27, 2021 at 7:25 AM) TASR
WASHINGTON. US troops who died in Thursday’s bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul are heroes, the US President said in the White House Joe Biden.
“Heroes who have embarked on a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others,” Biden said.
Part of history
According to him, they were part of an unprecedented evacuation effort in which “in 11 days more than 100,000 American citizens, American partners and Afghans who helped us and others were brought to safety.”
At the same time, Biden warned those responsible for the attacks at Kabul airport, which killed 12 members of the US military: “Those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone else who wishes damage to America, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. to pay.”
The Islamic State has already joined the attack
At least 15 other US service personnel were injured in the attacks.
As the station informed CNN, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said more than 60 Afghans had been killed and 140 others injured in suicide bombings at Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul.
The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Afghan militant Taliban movement, which recently occupied the country, has condemned the attacks.
Biden: We won’t let IS win
Biden also announced on Thursday that he had ordered military commanders to draw up operational plans for attacks on the leadership, property and facilities of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization.
“Those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone else who wishes to harm America, know: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will persecute you and force you to pay.”
According to world agencies, about 60 Afghan civilians were killed and 150 others were injured in suicide bombings at Hamid Karzai Airport. IS claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Afghan militant Taliban movement, which recently occupied the country, has condemned the attacks.
Biden declared that “we will respond with strength and precision – at a time, place and in a way we choose.” However, according to CNN, he refused to provide details of the timing shares.
“These IS terrorists will not win. We will save the Americans. We will get our Afghan allies out. Our mission will continue. America will not be intimidated,” Biden said.
Evacuations will continue
Asked if he thought it was a mistake to rely on the Taliban to secure the perimeter of Kabul Airport, Biden replied, “No, I don’t think so. “
According to Biden, there is no evidence yet of any collusion between the Taliban and the IS that would have resulted in attacks on the airport.
Biden added that the US evacuation mission will continue and will not be “discouraged by terrorists”. He also stressed that he was behind his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan.
“I never thought we should sacrifice American lives to try to form a democratic government in Afghanistan; a country that has never been a united country in its entire history,” he said.