The Islamic State (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the killings on its Amaq news channel.
US President Joe Biden has warned that it is in the interest of the Taliban, which is now the de facto ruler of Afghanistan, that the ISIS-K does not “metastasize” beyond what it is.
The US has held ISIS-K, the regional affiliate of the Islamic State terror outfit, responsible for Thursday’s Kabul airport attack.
“It is in the interest of the Taliban that the ISIS-K does not metastasize beyond what it is,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday.
During his interaction with reporters in the East Room of the White House, the President also referred to the apparent ideological differences between the Taliban and the ISIS-K.
Biden said there is no evidence so far to suggest a collusion between the Taliban and the ISIS in carrying out the airport attack.
Biden said it is also in America’s interest to be able to leave Afghanistan “on time, on target” as he referred to the cooperation that the US is receiving from the Taliban.
“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,” Biden said.
In a solemn address from the White House, he praised the slain US servicemen as “heroes” and said the evacuation mission from Kabul will continue until the planned US withdrawal date of August 31.
More than 100,000 people from Afghanistan have been evacuated since August 14, the eve of the Taliban’s return to power, the White House said Thursday.
The US General overseeing the evacuation, General Frank McKenzie, said after the attacks, “If we can find who is associated with this, we will go after them.”Meanwhile, the Taliban have condemned the attack outside Kabul’s airport, saying it occurred in an area controlled by U.S. forces.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says his group “strongly condemns” Thursday’s attack and is paying close attention to security.
– PTI, THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS