The President of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, today committed himself to the “persecution of terrorists” on a global level, on the anniversary of the attack on the Kabul airport in which 13 US soldiers and 170 Afghan civilians died.
In a statement, recalling the attack that took place a year ago during the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the US head of state promised that his government will continue “to pursue terrorists who seek to harm the United States, wherever they are located.” “.
Biden assured that after the “horrific attack” of 2021, the US “doubled up its campaign” against terrorism, and gave as an example the elimination in February of the leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al-Qurashi, and in July by Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“Today, we maintain the pressure against the terrorist threat without putting at risk thousands of our troops in Afghanistan”, emphasized the President, he said, praising the US exit from that country after 20 years of war.
“Our nation will always regret their sacrifice and honor the memory of those 13 good souls [victims of the 2021 bombing] who were stolen from their families and loved ones while fulfilling a noble mission,” he added.
Biden also recalled that 2,461 US soldiers died during the war in Afghanistan.
For his part, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, promised today that justice will be done for the 13 soldiers killed in this attack carried out by a suicide bomber at one of the accesses to the Afghan capital’s airport.
“We will never cease the quest to bring those who carried out this attack to justice. We continue to work closely with our partners to locate and arrest them,” the US diplomat said in a statement.
Blinken called the soldiers “heroes” who “sacrificed themselves” to transport 124,000 Afghan refugees to the United States via an “unprecedented air bridge”.
“We are also sorry for the more than 170 Afghans who lost their lives in that attack. They were just wanting to start their lives again somewhere else,” said Blinken.
Source: With Agencies