President Biden briefed on Kabul airport rocket attack, White House says

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been briefed on the rocket attack on Kabul airport on Monday, the White House said, just a day before U.S. troops are set to depart Afghanistan.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the attack at Hamid Karzai International in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, saying that evacuation operations were not affected.

“National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chief of Staff Ron Klain have briefed the President on the rocket attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport,” Psaki said. “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.”

At a press briefing on Monday, Pentagon said five rockets were fired but did not have any impact.

Major General Hank Taylor, Deputy Director of the Joint Staff For Regional Operations, said three of the rockets landed off target while two others did not have any impact on the evacuation operations.

U.S. troops are set to leave Afghanistan on Tuesday after weeks evacuating civilians following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15.

Last Thursday, a suicide bombing outside the airport in Kabul killed 13 U.S. service members and close to 200 Afghan civilians.

The U.S. has retaliated with two drone strikes in Afghanistan that killed at least two ISIS-K high profile targets and wounded another one.

The second U.S. air strike in Kabul was said to have hit a vehicle filled with suicide bombers but reports said civilians, including innocent children were also killed.

The Pentagon acknowledged that some civilians may have been killed, asserting that the U.S. takes those reports “very seriously.”

President Biden has asserted that after 20 years in Afghanistan, it was time to bring U.S. troops home and has rejected calls to either keep some troops there or extend the final withdrawal deadline, saying that none of it was in the Interest of the United States.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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