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Rockets rain down at Kabul airport hours after Pentagon, NATO chiefs arrive

27 Septembre 2017

Mattis landed in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, alongside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg, and was met with several rockets landing in and around the airport, local police reported.

Several rockets were fired near the Kabul airport hours after they landed. He did not reveal how many rockets were fired.

However, although the visit was not pre-announced, rockets rained down on and around the airport just before their arrival. No one was injured.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The south end of Camp Sullivan, a United States embassy compound near the worldwide airport, was hit by what appeared to be rocket-propelled grenades or mortars. The nature of the other munitions was not immediately known.

The airport has been evacuated and all flights have been cancelled for now.

Mattis and Stoltenberg are in the Afghan capital for talks with the government leadership.

In meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials, Mattis was expected to focus on deepening defense cooperation between the two countries and discuss how India could contribute to US efforts in Afghanistan.

The US aims to solve the crisis with North Korea "diplomatically", the country's Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday. "Under the new strategy, our efforts will look to advance our mutual interests in ways that do not cede diplomatic space or allow Russian Federation to adversely affect our efforts to stabilise Afghanistan", Dunford said.

Giving examples of Afghanistan-oriented terror groups such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, India emphasised that sanctions are the most effective way to wipe out safe havens for terror.

On Sunday, three Afghan civilians were wounded after a Taliban suicide auto bombing struck a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military convoy in western Kabul. The security forces launched a search operation for the attackers.

"We are ready to train, assist and advise". McCain asked. "I do not believe that we can attain our objectives in Afghanistan, Chairman, unless we materially change the behaviour of Pakistan", Dunford said.

Earlier this week SIGAR criticised USA efforts to train Afghanistan's security forces, saying they were being hampered by slapdash instruction, shoddy oversight and failures in governance.

At the press conference, Ghani called on India, Russia and other countries in the region to come together to help mobilize in the fight against terrorism. He spoke of the importance of Trump's new strategy in seeking an end to extremist violence that has blighted the country for more than a decade. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the Pentagon chief was unharmed, as he had departed before the attack. "I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will", said Trump, before a crowd of U.S. troops. However, the country has ruled out the contribution of troops amidst the USA emphasis for a greater participation from India in the conflict-ridden Islamic nation.

October marks the 16th anniversary of the start of the war.

He said however that corruption was a serious concern and that thousands of civilians have lost their lives in the Afghan conflict over the years. "If NATO forces leave too soon, there is a risk that Afghanistan may return to a state of chaos and once again become a safe haven for worldwide terrorism". "Pakistan has also sheltered those same organizations that try every single day to kill our people". "Scapegoating Pakistan for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate", Asif said. He stressed the need to discuss all the issues, including the decades-old Kashmir dispute, the main source of tension between the two countries.

"It's created to go after generally innocent people to make some sort of statement", the USA defense chief said.

Rockets rain down at Kabul airport hours after Pentagon, NATO chiefs arrive