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Mattis’ Afghanistan visit overshadowed by militant attack near Kabul airport

29 September 2017

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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