US intercepts five missiles fired at Kabul airport

The five missiles intercepted by the United States targeted the capital of Afghanistan, and it is still unclear who ordered the attack. In the final hours before the deadline of August 31 for the US withdrawal, new developments and potential attacks are expected, especially at the airport in Kabul where thousands of people flock in the final attempt to leave the country.

Even before intercepted missiles, a US drone attack hit a vehicle in the Afghan capital last Sunday, causing at least nine deaths., including children. According to US authorities, the attack targeted a car in which explosives and terrorists who planned to attack the Kabul airport were following.

This Monday, the United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. The meeting was convened by the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, following the Last Thursday’s attack on Kabul airport, where more than 150 people were killed, including 13 US military personnel. The attack was carried out by the Afghan branch of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS-K.

The suicide bomber attack took place at one of the entrance gates to the airport in the Afghan capital, where thousands of Afghans have been gathering in recent weeks in an attempt to flee the country for fear of the Taliban. The US and Allied airlift ends on Tuesday, August 31st.

Jake Sullivan, US National Security Adviser, assured that US forces will continue to try to secure safe passage for those wishing to leave Afghanistan beyond the deadline. In the early hours of Monday, nearly 100 countries – including Portugal – issued a joint statement in which they assert that there are Taliban guarantees that foreigners or Afghans with permission to travel continue to be allowed to leave the country.

“We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan national with a travel authorization (…) will be allowed to travel safely and orderly through departure points and travel outside the country. We will continue to issue documentation to designated Afghans and we have a clear expectation and commitment from the Taliban that they will be able to travel to our countries,” said the statement issued by the US Department of State.

At today’s United Nations Security Council meeting in New York, France and the United Kingdom – permanent members – will present a resolution that proposes the creation of a safe zone in Kabul with the aim of protecting those who try to leave the country later of August 31st.