By Ron Howells • 30 August 2021 • 8:30
Rockets fired at Kabul airport have been intercepted by a missile defence system, say the US military.
Reports are coming in that multiple rockets fired at Kabul airport have been intercepted by a missile defence system, according to a US official speaking to news agency Reuters.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said up to five rockets were fired early this morning, although it is still not clear if all were brought down by the US-installed missile defence systems surrounding the base.
As yet, there are no reports of any US casualties, however, that information could change, the official added.
Smoke could be seen rising above buildings in the north, where the Hamid Karzai International Airport is located. A security official who worked in the administration toppled two weeks ago by the Taliban said the rockets had been fired from a vehicle in north Kabul.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden have all been briefed on the situation.
“The president was informed that operations continue uninterrupted at Hamid Karzai International Airport, and has reconfirmed his order that commanders redouble their efforts to prioritise doing whatever is necessary to protect our forces on the ground,” Ms Psaki said in a statement.
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