One or several rockets struck near the Kabul International Airport soon after United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis touched down in Afghanistan Wednesday morning during his South Asia tour.
General Mattis was not harmed and has started meetings with Afghan officials including President Ashraf Ghani.
“A rocket landed near the airport this morning. No casualties reported,” Afghan interior ministry spokesperson Najib Danish tweeted.
The airport’s official title is the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenburg is in the Afghan capital to meet Mattis preceding a large deployment of US forces to the country indefinitely following Washington’s pledge to send more troops in an effort to win the war against insurgent Taliban.
US President Donald Trump vowed this past summer to “win the war in Afghanistan” by further deployments of armed forces, and encouraged NATO allies to increase their forces “in line with our own.”
It was a policy shake-up from his campaign promise where he said the mission was a waste and vowed to withdraw entirely.
Mr Mattis just last week announced an additional 3000 or more US troops would be sent to Afghanistan in an attempt to end a 16-year long war against the regional Taliban.
There has been no official statement from the US Embassy in Kabul, nor Washington at this time. However, reports indicate that the secretary was far from where the projectiles touched down.
Resolute Support, the current operations title for NATO in Afghanistan, has the objective of providing “further training, advice and assistance for the Afghan security forces and institutions.
More details to follow. Image 1 from NBC News.