President Joe Biden said Saturday that the U.S. is prepared to launch additional airstrikes in response to attacks on the airport in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.
According to The Washington Times, Biden warned an offshoot of the Islamic State called ISIS-K that more attacks are on the way after ordering a drone strike earlier that killed two members of the terror group who “were said to have ‘planned and facilitated'” a Thursday bombing at the airport that left 13 U.S. military members dead.
More than 100 Afghans were also killed, the Times said.
“Make them pay”
Additional blasts have rocked the airport in the days since, as reports note, but Biden is continuing to promise retaliation.
“I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have,” the president said in a Saturday statement, according to the Times.
“The strike was not the last,” he added. “We will continue to hunt down any person in the heinous attack and make them pay.”
Kabul on high alert
Biden also said in his statement that “the situation on the ground” in Kabul “continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threat of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high.”
He vowed that the U.S. “will respond” any time “anyone seeks to harm the United States or attack our troops.”
“That will never be in doubt,” the president said.
“We will hunt you down”
The Thursday bombing at the Kabul airport came as American troops were in the process of evacuating both U.S. citizens and allies in Afghanistan seeking to escape Taliban rule. Reports indicate that the United States has evacuated 117,000 people from Afghanistan thus far, including 5,400 American citizens.
Hundreds of Americans remain behind enemy lines, however, as Breitbart notes. As they scramble to evacuate, Biden is holding steadfast in his assertion that there will be consequences for terrorist attacks that kill U.S. service members.
“To 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,” he said Thursday, according to Politico.