The recent visit by US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Afghanistan was overshadowed by a militant attack carried out near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, which prompted a US air strike that accidentally caused civilian casualties.
During the 27 September assault, militants fired several rounds of high-explosive ammunition, including mortars, into the vicinity of the airport and detonated suicide vests endangering “a great number of civilians”, US Central Command (CENTOM) said in a statement.
The Afghan Crisis Response Unit 222 was deployed to confront the attackers and end the assault, with US forces conducting an airstrike in support.
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