Aug. 31, 2021 | , DOD News
President Joe Biden today expressed his appreciation to the service members who airlifted more than 120,000 people to safety from Kabul, Afghanistan.
He also offered thanks to the veterans and volunteers who supported that effort.
"The extraordinary success of this mission was due to the incredible skill, bravery and selfless courage of the United States military," he said.
"For weeks, they risked their lives to get American citizens, Afghans who helped us, citizens of our allies and partners, and others on board planes and out of the country," he said.
The president said America owes a debt of gratitude to the families of the 13 service members who were killed during that evacuation.
Biden said that the U.S. is committed to getting any remaining Americans or Afghans out of the country who wish to leave. He also said the U.S. is committed to delivering humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
The president reminded Americans that the threat of terrorism over the past 20 years has expanded globally beyond Afghanistan and that the Defense Department is committed to protecting the homeland, allies and partners.
"Let me say clearly to those who wish America harm, to those who engage in terrorism against us, or our allies know this: The United States will never rest. We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down to the ends of the earth, and you will pay the ultimate price," he said.