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Norway responds to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation request for Afghanistan troops

29 September 2017

The airport said two missiles were fired toward the airport at around 11:00 a.m. local time, and the USA embassy warns that the attack may still be ongoing.

More than 14,000 troops from 39 countries including the USA are stationed in Afghanistan within the framework of the RS, to help Afghan forces through training, advise and generally back them in the war against the insurgents.

The incident came on the same day that militants attacked Kabul airport while U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was visiting the Afghan capital.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the Taliban fired up to about six projectiles at and near the airport, hitting both the global and the military sector of the sprawling hub and also two civilian houses nearby.

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Interior Ministry spokesman, Najib Danish, says the explosion also wounded 16 others.

Mattis had left the airport by the time the attack started, NBC News reports, and no casualties have been reported.

During a press conference with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, both Stoltenberg and Mattis pledged their continued support for the country's military.

Tumor Shah Hamedi, director of Kabul airport, said all flights were halted as a result of the attack.

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Stoltenberg said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is aware of "the cost of staying in Afghanistan, but the cost of leaving would be even higher".

Taliban spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi said insurgents captured and held Maruf for a few hours, and seized weapons and other items before leaving the district.

NBC spoke with two unidentified Taliban commanders, who claimed sources in Afghanistan's security apparatus tipped them off to Mattis's visit.

"The security situation in Afghanistan is under threat".

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The resurgent Taliban have promised to turn Afghanistan into a "graveyard" for foreign forces and have been mounting deadly attacks as they maintain their grip on large swathes of the country. An additional 3,500 additional troops will reportedly be sent to the militancy-battered country to bolster the backing of the Afghan forces' ongoing ousting of insurgents. He said the insurgents mined the area around the base to prevent authorities from sending in reinforcements.

Norway responds to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation request for Afghanistan troops