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Biden’s warning to Kabul attackers: “We will hunt you down”

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US President Joe Biden has sent a strong message to the terrorists that struck Kabul airport, stating “we will hunt you down”

Fronting a press conference, an emotional President Biden vowed that the United States would commit to hunting down those responsible for the twin explosion massacre at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport.

President Biden has requested that the Pentagon develop plans to strike back at those responsible, by conducting what’s understood to be air strikes.

Biden spoke hours after the blasts killed at least a dozen American troops and multiple locals, making the incident the worst day of casualties for U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a decade.

Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), an affiliate of militants who previously battled U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack

Biden vowed that the US will be strong.

“We will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said in remarks at the White House.

The president promised that evacuations will continue out of Afghanistan, as he appeared to hold back tears.

More than 60 people have died following coordinated terrorist attacks in and around Kabul’s major international airport.

In a statement, the US Secretary of Defence Llyod Austin says: “on behalf of the men and women at the Department I express my deepest condolences to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and wounded in Kabul today.”

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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