The White House has told President Joe Biden that evacuation efforts will continue unabated following rocket attacks on Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport on Monday.
“National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chief of Staff Ron Klain have briefed the President on the rocket attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.
As the US pushed to finish its withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this month, up to five rockets were fired at the Kabul airport.
According to Reuters, the rockets were intercepted by a missile defence system. The US military apparently used its C-RAM missile defence system, but it is unknown whether all of the missiles were successfully brought down.
According to local media, the rockets were launched from a car in Kabul’s Khair Khana neighbourhood, aimed at the airport, and impacted several parts of the city. The incident happened just a day after the US announced that it had carried out a drone operation in Kabul to eliminate sleeper threats. According to reports, the strike killed nine civilians, including six children.
The retaliatory strikes followed the bombing attacks at the Kabul airport carried out by the Isis-k — the eastern wing of the terror organisation Isis — on 26 August during which over 100 civilians, including 13 US troops were killed.