Militants attack Kabul airport during Mattis visit, US strike kills civilians

В Афганистане боевики убили 12 силовиков

The attack - both its location, the Kabul airport, and the purported target, a visiting US official's plane - underscored the ability of the insurgents to still stage high-profile attacks despite Afghan security forces' struggle to stem Taliban gains.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says two of the rockets hit two civilian houses near the airport.

At least one Afghan civilian was killed by the malfunctioning Hellfire and an undetermined number of other civilians were wounded, Salvin said.

He said the Taliban will never win on the battlefields and that "the main objective of NATO's support to Afghan forces and the Afghan government is to reach a political solution - for instability in Afghanistan".

The airstrike was launched in response to a Taliban attack at or near the global airport in Kabul on Wednesday.

Abdul Bari Baryalai, a spokesman for the provincial government, said that the attack took place in Maruf district, bordering Pakistan, in the southern province of Kandahar late on Wednesday.

Afghan officials said one Afghan woman was killed and 11 civilians were wounded in the Taliban attack.




The Taliban and ISIS are both taking credit for a rocket attack on Kabul's airport early Wednesday just hours after U.S.

At a joint news conference with Ghani at the presidential palace Mattis and Stoltenberg pledged the support of United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to the Afghan conflict and expressed determination to stop the country becoming a safe haven for terrorists.

The spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry says at least five civilians have been wounded in a rocket attack at Kabul's global airport.

Mr Stoltenberg claimed: "If Nato forces leave too soon, there is a risk that Afghanistan may return to a state of chaos and once again become a safe haven for global terrorism". "We'd still put the conflict in this kind of bounds of the stalemate where neither side really has the capability right now to kind of have a decisive victory", the official said. "If NATO forces leave too soon, there is a risk Afghanistan may return to a state of chaos and once again become a safe haven for global terrorism".

He said that "with NATO's help, Afghan forces have come a very long way and we will continue to train, advise and assist" the Afghan security forces. That attack was claimed both by the Taliban and by the Islamic State extremist group.

"I don't want to tell the enemy exactly what we are doing but the whole point is to make certain we have a compelling battlefield advantage over anything the Taliban tries to mass against your forces", he said.

Stoltenberg also stated that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had welcomed the new United States' approach to Afghanistan, saying "I welcome the fact that many nations have pledged further troop contributions and accepted the US conditions-based approach to Afghanistan".

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