Biden says he has ordered a retaliatory strike on ISIS-K after the suicide bombings at Kabul airport

On August 26, 2021, President Joe Biden spoke in the East Room at the White House about Afghanistan. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Biden claims he has directed a retaliatory strike against ISIS-K.

On Thursday, he stated that military commanders were given the task of developing plans to strike ISIS K assets, leadership and facilities.

He stated that the US would respond to its own needs with "force and precision".

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On August 26, President Joe Biden stated that he had directed US military commanders, to create plans for a retaliatory attack against ISIS-K. This is the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State that claimed responsibility in the suicide bombing attacks that took place near Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport.

After a series of suicide bombings at Kabul's airport, which killed at least 13 American soldiers and many Afghans seeking refuge from the country, the US military will be developing operational plans for "strike ISIS–K assets, leadership and facilities," the president said on Thursday.

Biden stated in his address that "we will respond with force & precision in our time at a location we choose, and in a way of our choosing."

"These ISIS terrorists won't win. We will save the Americans. We will rescue our Afghan allies. "And our mission will continue," the president said on Thursday, assuring Americans they will continue to evacuate their citizens. "America will not allow itself to be intimidated."

Biden also made the same speech and pledged to defend American interests with "every measure of his command."

"We won't forgive. We won't forget. Biden stated that we will hunt you down, and make you pay."

The New York Times reported that Biden's East Wing remarks echo former President George Bush’s comments made in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bush stated that "This conflict was started on the terms and timing of others; it will end at a time and place of our choosing" in 2001.

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Witnesses from Kabul described the horrifying sight of people being shot in front of their eyes and then dying in their arms.

Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. was also the commander of the US Central Command. He warned that ISIS' threat is "extremely real" that more attacks will be coming.

As the death toll from Kabul's bombing continues to rise, the latest tally stands at over 60 deaths and 140 injuries. Reuters and AP reported that at most 60 Afghans were killed by the suicide bombings. The New York Times reports that between 120 and 140 people were hurt.

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