Heavily-armed Taliban militants attacked the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital early Thursday, firing rockets and occupying two unused buildings before they were gunned down by Afghan security forces.
The attack comes at a critical time in Afghanistan as the country awaits the final results of the 2014 presidential election amid fears that a potentially deadly power struggle is brewing in Kabul, as US combat troops prepare for a pullout by the end of the year.
A massive poll audit is set to be conducted under the terms of an agreement between rival presidential contenders Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Outgoing President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a BSA (Bilateral Security Agreement) with the US, sparking fears of further insecurity in the region following the 2014 pullout.
Earlier this week, a suicide bombing at a crowded market in the southeastern province of Paktika killed at least 89 people, according to Afghan officials.
The remote northeastern province of Paktika has been particularly prone to violence since it borders the Pakistani tribal area of Waziristan where the Haqqani network, one of the most ferocious Taliban groups, is believed to be based.
Date created : 2014-07-17