On a bright and early Monday morning at Kabul Airport, the US missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired at the Kabul airport as the US sent its top diplomats out of Afghanistan in the final hours of the chaotic retreat in Afghanistan.
The latest group of US troops will withdraw from Kabul on Tuesday, after they and their allies carried out the largest air evacuation in history, evacuating 114,000 nationals and Afghans who aided them in the 20-year war.
Two US officials stated that the “core” diplomats had been evacuated Monday morning. They did not say whether this includes senior envoy Ross Wilson, who is expected to be the last to leave before the last battalion of troops pack up.
A US official stated that preliminary reports did not show that up to five missiles launched by the United States at the airport caused casualties. ISIS who has enemies from the West and the Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.
On Thursday, the Islamic State carried out a massive suicide bombing in front of the crowded airport gate, killing dozens of Afghans and 13 American soldiers.
Washington has carried out two airstrikes while warning of more attacks. Both attacks eliminated the targets who may have been ISIS officials who were involved in the bombings killing our service members.
The deadline for all troops to leave on Tuesday was President Biden’s order, fulfilling his predecessor Donald Trump’s agreement with the Taliban to end the longest war in Washington.
But by failing to predict that the Taliban would conquer the country so quickly, Washington and its NATO allies were forced to rush away. They will leave behind thousands of Afghans who helped western countries. They may be eligible to evacuate, but they did not do so on time.