Rockets Fired at Kabul Airport by Missile Defense System – US

A missile defense system intercepted as many as five rockets fired at Kabul’s international airport.

The rockets were launched as the United States prepares to withdraw its soldiers from the city entirely.

The rockets were fired early Monday morning in Kabul, according to a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

It was unclear whether the defensive system had brought down all of them.

According to the person, initial reports did not suggest any U.S. casualties, but that information might change.

American forces launched a drone strike in Kabul earlier on Sunday, targeting a suicide bomber in a truck who was planning an attack on the airport.

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As U.S. troops rush to evacuate remaining American citizens and at-risk Afghans before completing their own evacuation by Aug. 31, there is growing danger that Islamic State terrorists may attack the airport again.

Officials had previously warned that ISIS-K terrorists were planning a rocket attack on the Kabul airport.

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However, the US has combat experience with such rockets, notably in Iraq, and has already installed missile defense systems.

“We know they (ISIS-K) would like to throw a rocket in there if they could,” US Central Command chief General Frank McKenzie told reporters last week in Washington.

“Now we have some very solid defenses against it. McKenzie explained, “We have our anti-rocket and mortar system.”

Following a suicide bomb attack on Thursday that killed hundreds of Afghans and 13 US service members, there is increased fear about suicide bombers and car bombs attacking the airport.

President Joe Biden of the United States warned on Saturday that the situation on the ground remained extremely dangerous, and that his military leaders had told him that another militant strike was highly expected within the next 24-36 hours.

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