“The situation on the ground continues to be extremely dangerous, and the threats of terrorist attacks on the airport remains high,” Biden said in a statement on Saturday.
“Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours. I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritise force protection, and ensured that they all have the authorities, resources and plans to protect our men and women on the ground.”
“We will not forgive, we will not forget,” Mr Biden said. Picture: AP / Andrew Harnik
Mr Biden’s plan of attack comes following a suicide bomb at Kabul International Airport which killed at least 60, including 13 US military personnel, and left at least 143 wounded.
Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), an affiliate group of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.
“We will not forgive, we will not forget,” Mr Biden said during a live conference. “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
On Friday, the US launched a drone strike that killed two high-profile ISIS-K members.
“I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have,” Mr Biden said.
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“This strike was not the last. We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay. Whenever anyone seeks to harm the United States or attack our troops, we will respond.”
Mr Biden says despite the “treacherous situation in Kabul”, the US are continuing to evacuate civilians.
“Yesterday, we brought out another 6,800 people, including hundreds of Americans. And today, we discussed the ongoing preparations to help people continue to leave Afghanistan after our military departs.”
“The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others. Their bravery and selflessness has enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety thus far.”
The US has stuck to the August 31 deadline to pull American forces and vulnerable Afghans out of the country.
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