US President Joe Biden has said that anyone who wishes America harm will not be forgiven just days after the deaths of 13 US soldiers in a terrorist attack outside Kabul airport
US President Joe Biden threatened terrorists with the words “We will hunt you to the end of the world” after ISK alleged suicide bombings killed 13 US soldiers.
Thursday’s explosions claimed 170 people outside Kabul airport.
None of the fallen soldiers were over 31 years old, five were just 20 years old, as old as the war itself. It was the deadliest attack on US troops in a decade.
More than 114,000 people have been flown out of Afghanistan in the past two weeks as part of the huge evacuation effort.
US forces launched a military strike against a possible suicide car bomb in Kabul on Sunday, US officials said.
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President Biden has warned that the US will not forgive anyone who wishes America harm, just days after he vowed to punish those responsible for Thursday’s attack.
Addressing the nation, he said, “For anyone with the wrong idea, let me be clear, for those who want to harm America, for those who terrorize us or our allies, no.
“The United States will never rest. We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will chase you to the end of the world and you will pay the ultimate price.”
President Biden on Tuesday denied criticism of his decision to meet a deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan this week, a move that left 100 to 200 Americans in the country along with thousands of affiliated Afghan citizens.
In a televised address from the White House dining room, Biden criticized the overthrown Afghan government’s inability to defend itself against rapid advances by the Taliban, forcing the United States and its NATO allies into a hasty and humiliating exit, and highlighted the role of the former US President Donald Trump.
The Trump-brokered deal approved “the release of 5,000 prisoners last year, including some of the Taliban’s top war commanders, among those who have just taken control,” Biden said.
“When I took office, the Taliban were in their strongest military position since 2001, controlling or fighting almost half the country,” he said.
US officials estimate 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan “with the intent to leave,” Biden said.
He said most of those who stayed were dual citizens and long-time residents who had previously chosen to stay, adding the United States.
States was determined to get them out. Many lawmakers had asked Biden to meet the deadline of December 31.
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“I take responsibility for the decision. Now some say we should have started mass evacuations sooner and this could not have been more orderly. I respectfully disagree, ”said Biden.
Even if the evacuations had started in June or July, “there would still have been a rush to the airport,” he said.
The withdrawal of the last US troops from Afghanistan this week as the Taliban took over ended two decades of military engagement that Biden was determined to end.
While most Americans agreed with him, that ending didn’t go smoothly. Biden’s presidency, which had focused on fighting the coronavirus pandemic and rebuilding the economy, now faces political investigations into handling the withdrawal as well as the logistical challenge of finding new homes for thousands of Afghans being relocated to U.S. military bases to find.
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Biden is also facing a surge in coronavirus infections, disasters like hurricanes and forest fires, and a series of tough deadlines to get action to get Congress signed editions.
Republicans and some Democrats have expressed frustration and anger over the swift fall of Afghanistan against the Taliban, the former leaders who were appointed by the United States in the aftermath of the Sept.
Republicans are expected to use the crisis to try to derail Biden’s political and legislative agenda and as a topic of conversation in the 2022 midterm elections. Republicans hope to take control of the Senate and House of Representatives from Biden’s Democrats, which could hinder the second half of his presidency.
Biden said more troops would have had to go into Afghanistan and have been in danger had it not been for the withdrawal.
According to an opinion poll released Monday, less than 40 percent of Americans agree with Biden’s handling of the withdrawal, and three-quarters wanted U.S. forces to stay in the country until all American civilians can disembark.
Leading Republicans in the House of Representatives, including Senior Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, said they wrote to Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, on Monday asking for details of the plan to bring back Americans and evacuate others left behind.
“Congress has the right to know how these evacuations are facilitated and carried out,” McCaul said in a strongly worded statement.