At least one of the five rockets fired at Kabul’s international airport on Monday morning has hit the target while some of them were intercepted by US missile defense system, an anonymous US official told Reuters, noting there isn’t any information on casualties among US servicemen.
Most of the incoming rockets targeting US forces were intercepted by the automated C-RAM defense system installed at the airport that uses a machine gun to destroy the incoming fire before it can hit its target.
Noting that it’s too early to know for sure, the US official said the rockets were likely launched by ISIS-K and that a civilian vehicle, that was later destroyed a street in Kabul’s Khair Khana, was apparently used as an improvised platform to launch the rocket attack.
According to eyewitnesses’ statements, one of the rockets hit a nearby high-rise tower but caused no casualties in the building though Taliban fighters had initially cordoned off the street, telling bystanders the situation remains dangerous.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed President Biden has been briefed on the development by his national security adviser Jake Sullivan and has allegedly reconfirmed his order that US military redoubles its efforts to protect US forces on the ground.