Taliban Targets Secdef Mattis After Insider Tipoff
Saying they were tipped off on Mattis’ visit by insiders in the Afghan security forces, the Islamist terrorist group claimed credit for launching a volley of 40 rockets, including 29 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), at the military section of the international airport in Kabul just hours after the Secretary of Defense arrived. According to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the Defense Secretary's plane had been the target of the attack which injured at least five civilians.
The bold attack emphasizes that the Taliban is again on the offensive since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014. Taliban insurgents in the Afghan security forces continue to pose grave risk for U.S. military personnel and our allies on the ground.