Rockets Attack U.S. Troops as Afghanistan Withdrawal Enters Final Stage

A U.S. official said that U.S. anti-missile defenses blocked five rockets fired at Kabul’s airport early on Monday, August 30, as the United States dashed to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan to end its longest war. 

According to Afghan media agency, Pajhwok news, the attack was instigated from the back of a vehicle and that several rockets attacked different parts of Kabul. 

Reuters reported that according to the U.S. official, who asked to be unnamed, there were no indications of casualties from the U.S. troops. The attack was followed by an Islamic State suicide bombing outside the airport gates on Thursday that killed some Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, and another attempted bombing on Sunday, August 29.

U.N. refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi called for borders to remain open and for more countries to assist in the “humanitarian responsibility” of welcoming refugees with Iran and Pakistan, who already homed 2.2 million Afghans. Grandi added, “More resettlement options are sorely needed. They are critically important, not only to save lives but also as a demonstration of goodwill.”

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