President Joe Biden has pledged to exact vengeance on the people responsible for Thursday’s two suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed at least twelve members of the United States Armed Services and injured dozens of others. The attacks are believed to be the work of ISIS, the militant organization that former President Donald Trump gleefully boasted was defeated moments before the deadly explosions ripped through Hamid Karzai International Airport and the nearby Baron Hotel.
A visibly shaken Biden addressed the American people in an evening news conference from the East Room of the White House.
“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. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” he declared.
Biden said that American forces will “get them, wherever they are” and promised that every possible resource will be made available to complete the mission.
“I’ve also ordered my commanders to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership, and facilities,” the president said. “We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose and a moment of our choosing. Here’s what you need to know. These ISIS terrorists will not win.”
The commander in chief expressed sympathy to the families of the victims, many of whom were awaiting their turn to depart the war-torn nation.
“We have some sense, like many of you do, what the families of these brave heroes are feeling today,” Biden said. “You get this feeling like you’re being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest. There’s no way out. My heart aches for you, and I know this. We have a continuing obligation, a sacred obligation to all of you, families of those heroes.”
Biden also acknowledged the “messy” situation and commended the personnel who are risking their lives to bring our troops home, adding – as he has before – that the buck stops with him. “I bear responsibility for fundamentally all that’s happened of late.”
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