President Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to find and retaliate against those responsible for an attack that killed 12 U.S. service members outside the Kabul airport.
“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said in remarks at the White House.
Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, earlier told reporters the group ISIS-K was responsible for the airport attack, in which scores of Afghan civilians also died.
Biden said he’s asked the U.S. military for options to strike ISIS-K targets in response to the airport attack. He also said the U.S. won’t be deterred in its evacuation efforts.
As MarketWatch has reported, global financial markets
have been largely unmoved by developments in Afghanistan. The chaotic U.S. exit from the country, however, is heightening underlying geopolitical risks, and, according to some analysts, potentially clouding the outlook for Biden’s legislative agenda.
Biden earlier Thursday delayed by a day his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as he met with his national security team on Afghanistan.
The daily White House press briefing was delayed until after Biden’s remarks, and a separate meeting with U.S. state governors was canceled. The president said he was “engaged all day” with the Afghanistan conflict, consulting the U.S. military and his national security team.
Biden earlier this week said that the U.S. is on track to finish its military involvement in Afghanistan by his Aug. 31 deadline. But he said he’d spoken with military leaders in case of a need to adjust the timetable, “should that become necessary.”
Biden and Bennett will meet Friday, the White House said.