As President Joe Biden holds his first formal news conference, he clasps his hands in the East Room at the White House in Washington on March 25, 2021.
WASHINGTON - Thursday's terrorist attack at Kabul's international airport claimed the lives of 12 U.S. military personnel and many Afghans.
Terrorists will not stop us. They will not stop our mission. "We will continue the evacuation," Biden stated from the White House. "We will rescue Americans, and we will get our Afghan allies. The mission will continue. America will not be intimidated."
There are approximately 5,400 U.S. military personnel who assist with emergency evacuation efforts in Kabul.
U.S. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, commander U.S. Central Command, stated that 11 U.S. Marines were killed and one Navy doctor were injured by suicide bombers.
McKenzie, the American military operations commander in the region, said that several civilians in Afghanistan were also killed in this blast. However, he was unable to give a specific number. According to McKenzie, the U.S. military currently believes that the bombers were ISIS fighters.
The attack was claimed by ISIS.