Kabul airport targeted by rocket attack foiled by US system

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Kabul airport was the target of a rocket attack on Monday that was intercepted by the US missile defense system C-RAM, said Jennifer Griffin of Fox News, a US defense official.

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The official said no casualties were reported. U.S. Central Command did not immediately respond to an after-hours Fox News email. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said senior officials briefed President Biden on the developments, including Jake Sullivan, his national security adviser.

She said in the statement that in light of the attack, the president “reconfirmed his order that commanders redouble their efforts to prioritize whatever is necessary to protect our forces on the ground.”

The United States is on the verge of concluding a massive two-week airlift of more than 114,000 Afghans and foreigners and withdrawing the last of its troops, ending the United States’ longest war with the return of the United States. Taliban in power.

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The US State Department released a statement signed by around 100 countries, as well as NATO and the European Union, claiming to have received “assurances” from the Taliban that people with travel documents could still leave the country. country. The Taliban said they would allow normal travel after the US withdrawal ended on Tuesday and take control of the airport.

The rockets did not stop the steady stream of US military C-17 cargo planes taking off and landing at the airport, the Associated Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Afghan media reported that the rockets were mounted in the back of a vehicle, Reuters said.

The rockets landed across the city in Kabul’s Salim Karwan neighborhood, hitting residential buildings, witnesses said. This district is about three kilometers from the airport.

Jennifer Griffin of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report

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