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Biden vows retribution after 13 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan bombing

President Biden on Aug. 26 spoke about terrorist attacks in Kabul that killed multiple U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans. (Video: JM Rieger/The Washington Post, Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

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In a speech Thursday in which he said the United States would punish the Islamic State for a deadly attack on American service members and Afghans in Kabul, President Biden said he would send additional troops to aid Americans in Afghanistan if his military advisers ask — though he said that has not been requested.

The Islamic State attack at the Kabul airport, which included two suicide bombings, killed 13 U.S. troops and wounded 18.

“We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said in the White House speech, calling those military members who died “heroes who’ve been engaged in a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others.”

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