President Joe Biden of the United States has promised to retaliate against the attack in Kabul on Thursday, saying he will track down the perpetrators and hold them accountable.
The explosions were carried out by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), an ISIL affiliate in Afghanistan, according to Biden in an address from the White House on Thursday.
“To those who perpetrated this act, and to everyone who wants America harm, know this: We will not forgive; we will not forget,” Biden stated.
“We’re going to find you and make you pay. With every weapon at my disposal, I will defend our nation’s and people’s interests.”
It is considered to be the highest number of US servicemen killed in a single incident in Afghanistan since a chopper was shot down in August 2011.
Despite the incident, Biden stated that the US will continue to evacuate US people and allies. “Terrorists will not deter us; we will not allow them to derail our purpose. “The evacuations will continue,” he stated.
Since February 2020, no American service men have been killed in battle in Afghanistan.
Biden had canceled his scheduled meetings for the day, including one with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, to focus on the Afghan crisis.