Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Afghanistan: Rocket fire targeting Kabul Airport strikes residential area

In Afghanistan, rocket fire apparently targeting Kabul’s international airport struck a nearby neighborhood today, the eve of the deadline for American troops to withdraw from the country’s longest war after the Taliban takeover.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was hurt. The rockets did not halt the steady stream of US military C-17 cargo jets taking off and landing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in the Afghan capital. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.


The rockets landed across town in Kabul’s Salim Karwan neighborhood, striking residential apartment blocks, witnesses said.

In Washington, the White House issued a statement saying officials briefed President Joe Biden on the rocket attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, apparently referring to the vehicle-based rocket launch that morning.

Last week, the Islamic State group launched a devastating suicide bombing at one of the airport gates that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 US service members.

United Kingdom government says it is skeptical of promises made by the Taliban that it will allow safe passage of eligible people out of the country. Troops have arrived back in the UK after evacuations ended, but the government says it will continue to help people eligible for resettlement. Middle East Minister James Cleverly told media that the UK was willing to engage with the Taliban. He said that would depend on the militants’ conduct, rather than words.

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