The U.S. intercepted a rocket aimed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday, one day before evacuation operations in Afghanistan are scheduled to end, while three others struck outside the facility and one landed inside the perimeter with “no effect,” officials said.
“We assess that five rockets were in the air and went. Three landed off the airfield, were no effect. And C-RAM was able to affect and thwart the attack of one, and the other rocket landed with no effect to the mission or any danger to our personnel,” Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday, referring to the Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar system.
“The force protection C-RAM did work. It did engage and had effect on the one. And then one did land in an area, and it was not effective. … We intercepted one, and it was effective. The C-RAM was effective.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the rocket that landed inside the airport “had no effect whatsoever.”
An unidentified official told Reuters that initial reports have not indicated any casualties among U.S. forces.