US intercepts five rockets targeting Kabul airport


The U.S. intercepted up to five missiles aimed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul on Monday, one day before evacuation operations in Afghanistan are scheduled to end.

An official told Reuters that initial reports have not indicated any casualties among U.S. forces.

According to the White House, President Biden was briefed on the intercepted rockets by national security adviser Jake Sullivan and chief of staff Ron Klain.

"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.

This interceptions come one day after the U.S. drone struck a vehicle loaded with explosives that was headed to the Kabul airport and less than a week after a suicide bomber attacked the site.

U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Urban said on Sunday that striking the vehicle eliminated "an imminent ISIS-K threat” and that "significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.”

Another rocket attack on Sunday reportedly killed a child.

The U.S. on Saturday on warned Americans near the airport to leave due to a “specific, credible threat.” Biden late Saturday also said another attack in Kabul was "highly likely."

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