Kabul airport attack: Taliban targets U.S. defence secretary James Mattis

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"No casualties reported", Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish tweeted on Wednesday.

The conditions-based approach has been welcomed by Afghan officials, who say it provides more certainty and won't allow the Taliban to wait out the timelines. Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the group had targeted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's aircraft.

Mattis, along with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg, will meet President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials to discuss the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "train and assist" mission created to strengthen Afghanistan's military so it can defend the country on its own.

"We maintain the capability to deter North Korea's most unsafe threats, but we also will back up our diplomats in a manner to keep this as long as possible in the diplomatic realm", Mattis told reporters in New Delhi, following talks with his Indian counterpart.

Mattis' visit was the first trip by a top official in the Trump administration to Afghanistan since the president announced a new strategy of expansion in the country to combat radical Islamist militants in August. The Taliban are apparently not happy with Mattis' visit, which is why the rocket attack was carried out by them. "This is a classic definition of what the Taliban are up to right now", he said. "I want to reinforce to the Talban that the only path to peace and political legitimacy to them is through a negotiated settlement", Mattis added. The security forces have cordoned off the house and a search operation is underway.

INDIA will not deploy troops in Afghanistan, its defence minister said on Tuesday (26), but promised to boost support for a new United States strategy in the war-torn country.

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U.S. combat operations against the Taliban officially ended in 2014, but over 8,000 U.S. special forces remain in the country backing Afghan troops.

U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan for almost 16 years - and the conflict has gained a reputation as Americas longest and most expensive war.

Now there are about 8,400 USA troops in Afghanistan.

In a stalemate after 16 years of fighting, USA troops are involved primarily in a non-combat role, providing advice and assistance to Afghan defense forces and institutions. Hours after Mattis' arrival, dozens of rocket-propelled grenades struck Kabal's International Airport, and as Fox and Friends reveals in the above clip, the Taliban has now claimed responsibility for this "massive" attack that failed to reach its target.

Before entering office, Trump had campaigned for a complete withdrawal of United States troops from the country.

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