Washington – President Joe Biden has vowed to continue bombing Islamist extremist groups that killed dozens of Afghans and 13 US troops in a terrorist bombing of the Kabul airport. He warned that another attack was “highly likely” and the State Department called the threat “identified” and “reliable”.
The Pentagon said there are currently fewer than 4,000 US troops at the airport and has begun a final withdrawal ahead of Tuesday’s evacuation deadline.
Biden was more militant on Saturday after the Pentagon was briefed on a US drone mission in eastern Afghanistan that the Pentagon said it had killed two members of the Afghan affiliates of the Islamic State group earlier on Saturday. He said he could expect it.
“This strike was not the last,” Biden said in a statement. “We will track down those involved in the vicious attack and make sure they pay.” It includes 13 US servicemen who died Thursday in a terrorist bomb attack on an airport gate. Pays tribute to the “bravery and selflessness” of the US military, which rushed to air tens of thousands of people from Kabul airport.
The evacuation continued as tensions mounted over the possibility of another IS attack. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued new security warning early Sunday morning in Kabul time, ordering people to leave the airport area immediately “due to certain credible threats”.
“Our commander has informed me that the attack is likely to occur within the next 24-36 hours,” Biden said, securing the airport and helping to transport it to the airport. He added that he had instructed him to take all possible steps to protect his army. Americans and others are desperate to escape Taliban rule.
According to the Pentagon, the remains of 13 American troops were en route to the United States. Their journey marks the painful moments of the nearly 20-year US war, which killed more than 2,400 US troops, in favor of the Sullivan movement, which was ousted when US troops invaded in October 2001. It ends with the return of.
The wreckage of troops killed abroad is usually returned to the United States via Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. There, the return of corrupt troops to the United States is marked by a solemn move known as “dignified transfer.”
The White House did not say Saturday whether Biden would travel to Dover for the troops’ return. Biden spokesman Jen Psaki said shortly after the attack, the president would “do everything to honor the sacrifice and service” of the murdered people.
The Pentagon has released the names of the dead: 11 Marines, 1 sailor, and 1 Army soldier. Twelve of them were in their twenties. Some were born in 2001 when the longest war in the United States began. The oldest was 31 years old.
They were the first US servicemen to be killed in Afghanistan since February 2020. The Trump administration reached an agreement with the Taliban and militant groups stopped attacking Americans in exchange for a US agreement to eliminate all troops and contractors by May 2021. Biden announced in April that the remaining 2,500 to 3,000 troops would leave the country in September, ending what he called the perpetual war in the United States.
With Biden’s approval, the Pentagon sent thousands of additional troops to the Kabul airport this month to ensure security and assist the United States during its war with thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Afghanistan. Facilitates the chaotic efforts of the State Department to evacuate people. The evacuation was undermined by unrest and unrest as the Afghan military collapsed and the US government was taken by surprise when the Taliban took power on August 15.
So far, about 5,400 Americans have fled the country. 300 of them were on the last day. The State Department believes about 350 more people want it. About 280 people said they were American but did not tell the State Department they planned to leave the country or said they would stay.
Countless vulnerable Afghans are likely to be left behind, fearing a return to Taliban-dominated atrocities prior to 2001. Biden and other Western leaders said they would work with the Taliban to get the Afghans who worked with them to leave after the US attack. the guided evacuation was over.
About 6,800 people, mostly Afghans, have been evacuated in the past 24 hours on Saturday morning, and a total of 113,500 people of all nationalities have been evacuated since the emergency exit began on Aug. 14, according to the Pentagon.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said US forces at the Kabul airport peaked at about 5,800 and began a final withdrawal. That number fell below 4,000 on Saturday, according to US officials who discussed details that had not yet been released on condition of anonymity. Kirby said that for security reasons, the Pentagon does not provide daily explanations of the final stages of the armed forces’ withdrawal, including their flight and equipment.
The Pentagon said two IS “planners and facilitators” were killed Saturday morning local time in airstrikes in the eastern province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.
“They have lost the ability to plan and execute their missions, but no one has undoubtedly written them down. You don’t have to worry about ISIS-K anymore.” No, Kirby said. At the press conference, he spoke using the abbreviations of the Afghan IS affiliates.
Biden also faces the long-term problem of containing a range of potential militant threats in Afghanistan. Critics say Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has caused al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and other militant groups to grow and potentially pose a threat to the United States. The United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, starting the longest war in US history with the Taliban’s consent and Al-Qaeda’s use of Afghanistan as a base.
Saturday’s drone mission came within two days of the pledge to “pay” IS for the attack in Kabul and Biden’s suicide bombing. Authorities do not claim the two deaths played a direct role in Thursday’s attack on Kabul airport.
Kirby declined to disclose the names and nationalities of the two murdered. He said the strike injured another. The level of retaliation by the United States reflects close scrutiny by IS and years of experience with militants in remote parts of the world. But it also marks the limits of US power to eliminate threats from militants who believe they can move more freely in Afghanistan now that the Taliban is in power.
“We have the ability and resources to cross the horizon and we will protect ourselves,” said Kirby in the United States, based in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere. He said the military used the plane to attack. Afghanistan.
Associated Press writers Aamer Madhani and Matthew Lee contributed to this report.
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