IS Claims Responsibility For Rocket Attack On Kabul Airport

DULLES, VIRGINIA – AUGUST 25: People evacuated from Kabul Afghanistan wait to board a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center at the Dulles International Airport on August 25, 2021 in Dulles, Virginia.
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The Islamic State-Khorasan group claimed a rocket attack Monday on the airport in Afghanistan’s capital.

“The soldiers of the caliphate targeted Kabul’s international airport with six… rockets,” the group said in a statement.

The rockets fell as US troops were racing to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan and evacuate allies.

President Joe Biden has set a deadline of Tuesday to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan, drawing to a close his nation’s longest military conflict, which began in retaliation for the September 11 attacks.

The Islamic State-Khorasan group, rivals of the Taliban, pose the biggest threat to the withdrawal, after carrying out a suicide bombing outside the airport late last week that claimed more than 100 lives, including those of 13 US troops.

The United States meanwhile said it had carried out an air strike on Sunday night in Kabul on an IS-prepared car bomb.

Eiffel Tower To Go Dark After Kabul Bombing

This photo taken on January 25, 2018, in Paris shows an illuminated Eiffel Tower, next to the Seine River with water levels raised to the height of the Zouave statue of the Pont d’Alma bridge. PHOTO: GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

The Eiffel Tower will cut its lights on Saturday night to commemorate those killed and wounded in a devastating ambulance bombing in Kabul, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter. 

“Tonight at midnight the Eiffel Tower will go out in homage to the victims of the horrific attack that struck Kabul,” Hidalgo said.

“The city of Paris and Parisians are with the Afghan people who are once again facing terrorist barbarity.”

At least 95 people were killed and 158 wounded on Saturday when an explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul.

A statement from France’s foreign ministry condemned Saturday’s attack and offered support for Afghanistan’s fight against “the scourge of terrorism.”

The icon of Paris’ skyline is often dimmed or made to display the colours of a country’s flag in shows of respect for those killed or maimed by terror attacks.

AFP