The Taliban terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for an attack directed at Secretary of Defense James Mattis who was making an unscheduled visit to Afghanistan. No casualties were reported at Kabul International Airport on Wednesday morning in the wake of the attack. Mattis had left before the shooting began.
Locals said that two missiles were fired at the airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time. The American embassy in Kabul warned that the attack may have yet to end. "At about 11.36 am two missiles were fired on Kabul International Airport from Deh Sabz district, damaging the air force hangers and destroying one helicopter and damaging three other helicopters, but there were no casualties,” said airport chief Yaqub Rassouli according to USA Today.
The Islamic State (ISIS ) also sought to claim authorship of the attack. “We fired six rockets and planned to hit the plane of U.S. secretary of defense and other U.S. and NATO military officials,” a Taliban commander told NBC News. “We were told by our insiders that some losses were caused to their installations but we are not sure about James Mattis.”
NBC reported that two unidentified Taliban commanders asserted that sources within Afghanistan’s security apparatus tipped them off to Mattis’s visit. When the attack transpired, Mattis was briefing the press at a location away from the airport. He told the media that Afghanistan's military will react strongly to the attack. “If in fact there was an attack … his is a classic statement to what Taliban are up to,” Mattis said. “If in fact this is what they have done, they will find Afghan security forces against them.”