- Biden receives US soldiers’ corpses during a ceremony that intercepts up to five rockets
- End of a two-decade quest
- The White House reports 114,400 evacuees.
As the US rushes to complete its departure from Afghanistan, anti-missile defences intercepted up to five rockets launched at Kabul’s airport early Monday morning, an official said.
After evacuating about 114,400 individuals, including foreigners and “at risk” Afghans, on the day before Kabul fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, US and partner forces will complete by Tuesday, as negotiated with the Islamist insurgents.
After an Islamic State suicide bomber murdered dozens of Afghan civilians and 13 US military personnel outside the airport’s gates on Thursday, the number of US soldiers at the airport fell below 4,000 over the weekend.
According to Afghan media, the rocket assault came from a vehicle’s rear. Several rockets hit various areas of Kabul, according to Pajhwok.
Initial indications indicated no U.S. fatalities from the latest missile assault, the official told Reuters.
After being briefed on the assault, President Joe Biden ordered commanders to do “everything is required to defend our forces on the ground,” according to a White House statement.
In a drone strike on Sunday, the Pentagon claimed a suicide vehicle bomber was planning to assault the airport on behalf of ISIS-K, a local branch of Islamic State that opposes the West and the Taliban.
In a statement, US Central Command said it was examining allegations of civilian deaths.
“We know that when the truck was destroyed, there were huge and strong explosions, suggesting a significant quantity of explosive material inside that may have caused more fatalities,” it added.
Desperate Afghans were left behind despite all attempts by Western powers to remove them.
“Our lives are in jeopardy, therefore we did everything Americans or other foreign forces must show us a path out. Or they should give us a safe haven “women outside the airport stated
Evacuations will resume on Monday, according to two US officials quoted by Reuters. Officials said several nations had made last-minute requests to bring out individuals in that group.
RETALIATION FROM THE USA
On Sunday, Biden attended a memorial service at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for those murdered in Thursday’s suicide bombing.
Biden closed his eyes and leaned back as the flag-draped transfer caskets carrying the bodies landed.
No one died above the age of 31, and five were under the age of 20, like the Afghan conflict.
Biden promised to revenge the ISIS assault.
On Saturday, the US claimed it had killed two ISIS-K fighters. The Taliban slammed the US drone attack in Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan.
The final soldiers leaving Afghanistan will bring an end to the US-led military operation that started in late 2001, after the al Qaeda attacks on the US.
U.S.-backed forces overthrew a Taliban administration that had given safe shelter for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US forces in Pakistan in 2011.
During the Taliban’s reign from 1996 to 2001, many political and fundamental liberties were restricted, and women were brutally repressed.
Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban will announce a complete Cabinet soon, adding that the problems would go away as soon as the new government takes over.
Afghanistan’s economy has been devastated by decades of conflict, and now billions of dollars in international assistance have dried up.
Reuters bureaus, Idrees Ali and Rupam Nair reported; Lincoln Feast wrote; Simon Cameron-Moore edited