White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki clarified Friday that President Biden’s deadly threat against ISIS-K terrorists who killed 13 U.S. servicemen in a suicide bombing in Kabul was not theoretical.
“I think he made it clear that he doesn’t want them to live on Earth anymore,” Psaki told a reporter at a news conference when asked to clarify what Biden meant when he said Thursday he was positioned to hit back. on the Islamic State. affiliated group.
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“To those who carried out this attack, as well as to anyone who wishes America harm, know this: we will not forgive, we will not forget, we will track you down and make you pay.” the president said: in a solemn speech.
The White House declined to provide further details about how it plans to retaliate after Thursday’s devastating terror attack. But Psaki’s clarification left little to the imagination.
In his formal address to the nation, Biden said he has authorized the US military to attack “key ISIS assets, leadership and facilities.”
“We will respond with strength and precision to our time, in a place of our choosing, at a time of our choosing,” Biden added.
An explosion outside a major gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday afternoon killed at least 100 people in what the US describes as a “complex attack” carried out by a suicide bomber and Islamic State-affiliated fighters. The Pentagon said 13 US servicemen were killed and 15 others were injured, along with… dozens of Afghan citizens, in the single deadliest day for US troops in the country in 10 years.
The Islamic State group took credit for Thursday night’s attack.
Speaking on Sunday about the group’s threat, Biden said that “these troops and innocent civilians at the airport are at risk of attack by ISIS-K.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday that there are still “specific, credible threats” to U.S. and allied forces from terrorist groups in the region, but those threats have not stopped or deterred the planned retrograde evacuation phase. 31.
Kirby also confirmed that thousands of ISIS-K inmates had escaped from regional prisons when the Afghan government collapsed earlier this month and US troops chose to withdraw from Bagram Airfield — which housed a prison with ISIS-K members — in early July.
Gene. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., head of US Central Command, said on Thursday that the US is preparing for future attacks.
“We believe it is their desire to continue those attacks, and we expect those attacks to continue, and we are doing everything we can to be prepared for those attacks,” McKenzie told Pentagon reporters, adding that the US had enough troops. on the ground to counter enemy militants.
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