Taliban Shells Kabul Airport After Mattis Arrival

Forty to 45 rockets and rocket-propelled grenades landed near a passenger terminal at Kabul's international airport Wednesday less than two hours after U.S. Defense Secratry James Mattis arrived there.

Mattis had already left the airport aboard helicopters to attend a meeting with Afghanistan’s President Ghani when the attack occurred.

There was one unconfirmed report of one injury associated with the rocket attack. Officials said it was not a direct hit on the passenger terminal.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mattis arrived in Kabul just after 11 p.m. ET -- 7:30 a.m. in Kabul --after spending Tuesday in India. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was also on the flight.

Mattis spoke about the attack at a news conference in Kabul, alongside Afghanistan's president. 

“If in fact there was an attack on an international airport anywhere in the world, if it's an attack by a terrorist it's designed to go after innocent people," Mattis said. "And this is a classic definition of what the Taliban is up to now."

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