Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis traveled to Afghanistan as part of Donald Trump’s new war strategy.
But something awful happened after he stepped off his plane.
And it was the biggest mistake of the terrorist’s lives.
After Mattis’ plane landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Taliban bombarded the airport with over 40 rounds of munitions including 29 rocket propelled grenades.
“Defense Secretary James Mattis was the target of a failed rocket attack near a key Afghanistan airport Wednesday, the Taliban said, though the attack occurred after he had left the airport.
Hours after Mattis landed, the rockets were fired at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport from an unknown location and landed in an open area, according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. He did not reveal how many rockets were fired.
Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had already left the airport at the time of the incident, Danish said. No one was injured.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility and said Mattis’ plane was the target of the attack, the Taliban’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, tweeted.
Up to 40 rounds of munitions hit the airport, according to a US military official, 29 of which were rocket-propelled grenades. The nature of the other munitions was not immediately known.”
The attack occurred hours after Mattis landed, so he and his traveling party were safe.
But experts said the Taliban still launched the attack as a reminder of the strength they gained after Barack Obama ordered a retreat from Afghanistan.
Now it’s up to Donald Trump and his national security team – led by Secretary of Defense Mattis – to clean up the mess.
While the Taliban thought they were flexing their muscles, they ended up making a huge mistake.
Mattis warned the terrorists that any attack was considered a criminal act and that they would quickly meet their end.
CNN also reports:
Mattis’ unannounced visit Wednesday was his first trip to the country since US President Donald Trump announced a new Afghan strategy in late August.
At a press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Stoltenberg, Mattis said he had only heard some press reports but said “an attack on an airport anywhere in the world is a criminal act by terrorist.”
“If, in fact, this is what they have done, they will find the Afghan Security Forces continuing on the offensive against them in every district of the country right now,” Mattis added.”
Mattis’ unannounced trip to Afghanistan was his first since Donald Trump unveiled his new strategy back in August.
Trump and Mattis are focused on metrics that prove success rather than Obama’s obsession with a fixed date for withdrawal.
The Taliban is already worried about the new plan and tried to bear their teeth to intimidate Mattis.
It failed in spectacular fashion and only served to harden America’s resolve to wipe them out.