AFGHANISTAN: As many as five rockets were fired at the Kabul airport on Monday. The attack came just a day before the US troops withdraw from the country. The White House has confirmed the attack and said that the operations continue to remain uninterrupted at the airport.
“National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chief of Staff Ron Klain have briefed the President on the rocket attack at ‘Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA). The President was informed that operations continue uninterrupted at HKIA and has reconfirmed his order that commanders redouble their efforts to prioritize doing whatever is necessary to protect our forces on the ground,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
According to the reports, a US official said that five rockets were fired at the airport but were intercepted by a missile defense system. The official added that it was not clear whether all the rockets were brought down by the defense system.
The security situation in Afghanistan continues to remain dangerous in several provinces. Terror groups operating in Afghanistan have escalated violent activities including the targeting of civilians and attack on them.
Twelve of the 13 US service members killed in the August 26 Kabul airport attack were “9/11 babies”, according to media reports.
On Sunday, the remains of the 13 troops were brought back home to the US.
President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley and other senior military officials attended a solemn ceremony at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware state where the remains arrived.