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Terror Attacks Hit Kabul And Death Tolls Are Rising



As the clock winds down for United States forces in Afghanistan, two suicide bombers and gunmen belonging to the faction ISIS Khorasan (aka ISIS-K), attacked a flock of fleeing Afghans at the Hamid Karzai airport. The violent assault led to the death of 79 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, prompting president Biden to vow retaliation against the barbaric terrorists.

“This evening in Kabul, as you all know, terrorists attacked that we’ve been talking about, and worried about, that the intelligence community has undertaken an attack by a group known as ISIS-K took the lives of American service members standing guard at the airport and wounded several others seriously,” Biden said in his speech

The lives we lost were lives given in the service of liberty, the service of security, in the service of others, in the service of America. Like their fellow brothers and sisters in arms who died defending our vision and our values and the struggle against terrorism, of the fallen this day are part of a great noble company of American heroes,” Biden continued.

“For 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,” Biden added.

After the blast in Kabul, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby held a press conference to address the situation. Head of U.S. Central Command, General Frank McKenzie assured that the withdrawal operation will go on, despite the logistic difficulties.

“While we’re saddened by the loss of life, both US and Afghan, we’re continuing to execute the mission. Our mission is to evacuate US citizens, third country nationals, special immigrant visa holders, US embassy staff, and Afghans at risk. Despite this attack, we are continuing the mission,” McKenzie stated.

ISIS-K is an offshoot of the terror group known as the Islamic State and they are based in Khorasan province. Believing that the Taliban is too moderate and soft, the terrorist organization seeks to challenge Afghanistan’s dominant group. Their mode of operation resembles the tactics of their counterparts in Iraq and Syria.

“The end-game of ISKP, or ISIL in general wherever it operates, doesn’t have to be an immediate strategic goal. They carry out these operations with the intention of causing as much carnage as possible for the purpose of showing that they are still around, that they are still a threat,” Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy head Rasha al-Aqeedi told Al-Jazeera.

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