US Defense Secretary Mattis and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Stoltenberg in Kabul

US Defense Secretary Mattis and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Stoltenberg in Kabul

The attack that came as U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg were in town for a visit.

Confirming the news, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said in a tweet,"A rocket landed near the airport this morning".

Reports in the Afghan media stated that around 20-30 rockets were fired at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Three Taliban and one civilian were killed and 11 people wounded after Taliban attacked an global airport in Kabul on Wednesday, authorities said.

The Taliban has said on Twitter that US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who was visiting Kabul, was the target of the attack. Sixteen years later, security remains fragile in the Asian country. "Peace in the neighbourhood is impossible to achieve unless relations with India are improved", he said, adding that Pakistan reached out to India to seek normalisation of relations and resolution of all disputes through dialogue and engagement, but India did not reciprocate.

The war in Afghanistan has been going since 2001, making it the U.S.'s longest war ever.

The Taliban claimed credit and said the target was Mattis.

However, after the USA rejected an invitation to join, the talks have been shelved "temporarily" according to officials, as the Ghani government now wants all such processes to be held in Kabul and led by the Afghan government.

U.S. generals have for months been describing the security situation in Afghanistan as a stalemate, despite years of military support, continued assistance from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition, and an overall spending of more than $1 trillion for military and reconstruction operations.

Even as India discussed security cooperation in Afghanistan at the first top-ranking cabinet-level meeting with the Trump administration, a major Pakistan-backed strike that could have had disastrous consequences was thwarted along the disputed line of control (LoC). "As India takes its rightful place at the global table, India will find the United States to be a steadfast friend and partner". "I appreciated Secretary Mattis' willingness to share further cutting-edge platforms which would enhance India's defense preparedness to meet current and emerging threats", Sitharaman said on Tuesday.

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