Kabul airport target of Taliban rocket attack during visit by Mattis


Apparent Taliban rockets targeted Kabul’s international airport on Wednesday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the NATO chief held talks with Afghan officials in the capital, authorities said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, carried out while Mattis held meetings with President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan leaders at the heavily fortified presidential palace. The attacks forced all flights to be canceled.

Several Afghans civilians were injured after one of the rockets hit a house near the combined civil and military airport, officials said.

The U.S. military and NATO use the airport and it was not immediately clear if runways or aircraft were damaged. The barrage included at least 12 rockets fired from a house nearby, according to police.

The Taliban have fired rockets occasionally in the past on the airport, but Wednesday’s attack was among the largest.

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Source: The Washington Post