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Secretary of Defense Mattis Misses Rocket Attack at Kabul Airport

Huge news this morning as Secretary of Defense James Mattis was almost the victim of a rocket attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. The attack wounded five civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and also said that Mattis was the target.

The attack came on the heels of a surprise visit Secretary Mattis made to Afghanistan this morning. He’s the first member of President Trump’s Cabinet to visit the war-torn country.

Thankfully, the attack came hours after Mattis had actually touched down at the airport. Apparently, timing is not the Taliban’s strong suit.

Here are more details from the Daily Mail: “The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport, said interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish.┬áPolice have cordoned off the area to find the exact location from which the rockets were fired.”

The airport has been evacuated and all flights have been evacuated. Interestingly enough, ISIS also claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mattis traveled to Afghanistan along with┬áNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg to discuss a “train and assist” mission being led by the U.S. with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The goal of the mission is to further bolster Afghan security forces with the hope that they will one day be able to defend the country themselves.

President Trump recently announced a troop surge in Afghanistan. In a primetime speech, he vowed not to make the same mistake of his predecessor, and abandon a country America has shed so much blood trying to restore.

It’s clear from this attack that the Taliban are still at large. This was a planned attack on a high-profile member of our government. It should not be taken lightly.

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