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President Biden vowed retaliation against the perpetrators of attacks that killed 12 US service members and dozens of Afghans in Kabul on August 26, but said at a press conference on Thursday that evacuations from the Afghan capital would continue.
At an earlier press conference, General Kenneth F McKenzie Jr, commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), said bombs exploded by the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport and in the area of the Baron Hotel “which is immediately adjacent,” and that gunmen opened fire on civilians after the blasts.
He said US authorities believe an affiliate of Islamic State, Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), was responsible for the attack. As the press briefing was ongoing, it was reported that Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement disseminated via one its media arms, Amaq News Agency.
“We will hunt you down and make you pay,” said Biden, speaking before taking questions at the White House. Of the attackers, Biden said the US had “some reason to believe we know who they are.”
“We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation,” said Biden. Credit: White House via Storyful