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Biden Says Afghanistan Evacuation Will Be Completed

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13 U.S. service members were killed and 18 more were injured in two suicide attacks outside of Kabul Airport on Thursday, August 26.

U.S. President Joe Biden condemned the attack calling Thursday "a tough day."

"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," President Biden said.

Head of the U.S. Central Command General Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie said the country is “prepared to take action against those responsible for Kabul attacks.”

"Right now, our focus is going forward and ensuring another attack of this nature does not occur, because as you know, typically the pattern is multiple attacks and we want to be prepared to defend against that," added General McKenzie. "Despite this attack, we are continuing the mission. The evacuation, at best speed, and as of today, we have approximately 5,000 evacuees on the ramp awaiting airlift."

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed his condolences.

The attack came less than a week before President Biden's Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline. There are around 1,000 Americans left in Afghanistan.

Related: A Look at the Afghanistan War By the Numbers

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