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Why the Taliban is likely to welcome a US military response to the Kabul bombing

Neil Mitchell
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US President Joe Biden has vowed to avenge the deaths of 13 Americans killed in a deadly suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport.

Islamic State affiliate group, ISIS-K, has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

“We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Mr Biden said, while promising the US will continue evacuating US citizens and others from Afghanistan.

Mr Biden has been heavily criticised for the way the US has withdrawn from Afghanistan, and security and terrorism expert David Wright-Neville says the US President “knows he needs to do something”.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if, within the next few days, we saw some sort of military response in the form of a drone attack or a missile attack, certainly no boots on the ground,” he said.

Dr Wright-Neville says he expects the Taliban would welcome the US military response.

“I suspect the Taliban will be highly supportive of this. Although there are some sort of shady links between the Taliban and the Islamic State faction at some levels of the Taliban, the current Taliban leadership cannot stand this group,” he explained.

“Part of the motive of this attack was probably to embarrass the current Taliban leadership.”

Press PLAY below to hear how Dr Wright-Neville thinks the US will respond to the attack

Image: Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

 

Neil Mitchell
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