US Secretary of Defense targeted with rockets in Kabul, Taliban claim responsibility for attack
Spetember 27, Kabul: Several rockets were fired around Kabul International Airport shortly after US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, an Afghan official said.
according to reports, the Taliban which claimed responsibility for the attack said that Mattis was the target.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is holding a joint news conference in Kabul, on US troop removal and other security issues.Mattis said at that time that he had “directed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to make preparations to carry out the president’s strategy.”
In September, Mattis confirmed that over 3,000 new US troops will be headed to Afghanistan as part of the new strategy to win the war.“Our troops will fight to win,” Trump said, adding that “a hasty withdrawal,” would create a “vacuum” for terrorists. The US troops will remain in the country for an indefinite period of time, he said, vowing “fast and powerful” retribution against terrorist organizations
The Oslo Times International News Network