Biden Grants Commanders ‘Full Authority’ to Target Daesh-Khorasan in Wake of Kabul Airport Attacks

President Joe Biden has granted US military commanders full authority to target Daesh-Khorasan, the Afghanistan affiliate of the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group, the White House said in a statement Friday.

“Our commanders also updated the President and Vice President on plans to develop [Daesh-K] targets. The next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date. The President reaffirmed with the commanders his approval of all authorities they need to conduct the operation and protect our troops, and all reported back that they have the resources they believe they need to do so effectively,” the statement, which was published following a meeting between Biden and his national security officials on Friday morning, reads.

According to the statement, Biden was informed that the US military has resumed its evacuation operations in Kabul, with “thousands of people” said to be airlifted out of the country “every few hours,” and the evacuation of American citizens listed as a priority.

Along with Biden and vice president Harris, Friday’s meeting was said to have been attended by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, the directors of the CIA and FBI, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and other officials, as well as commanders and diplomats in the field.

At least 170 people were killed and well over 1,000 injured in Thursday’s deadly twin bomb and gun attacks on Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, with the casualties including over a dozen US troops, and 28 Taliban fighters assigned to guard the airport amid the continuing US-led evacuation, which began in mid-August after the sudden collapse of the Afghan government as the Taliban entered the city.

The attacks sparked

broad international condemnation

, and a brief moment of unity between nations and non-state actors with disparate interests and goals including the US, its European allies, Iran, Russia, China, India and even the Taliban itself.

Daesh-Khorasan, the Daesh-affiliate operating across a broad geographical region including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, and Central Asia, claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attacks, saying the acts of terror targeted “the Crusaders and apostates around Kabul Airport,” including “American forces, translators and spies cooperating with them.”

In address to the nation Thursday night, Joe Biden informed Americans that he had ordered the military to “hunt down” the militants behind the Kabul airport attacks. “We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation. I’ve also ordered my commanders to develop operational plans to strike [Daesh-K] assets, leadership and facilities,” Biden

said

.

The attacks came just hours following warnings from US, European and Taliban officials of the “imminent” danger of terrorism at the airport.

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