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U.S. service members assist with security at an Evacuation Control Check Point (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021. (Marine Corps/Staff Sergeant Victor Mancilla/Handout via Reuters)

As the Tuesday Afghanistan withdrawal deadline approaches, Islamic militants are stepping up their attacks on Hamid Karzai International Airport.

After deploying a drone to destroy a potential suicide car bomb Sunday, the U.S. military on Monday shot down rockets targeting Kabul airport, where the evacuation from the war-torn country is wrapping up, the New York Times reported.

President Biden warned Saturday that the fraught situation in Afghanistan continues to be “extremely dangerous” and projected another attack on Kabul airport as “highly likely” before the U.S. exit.

A counter-rocket system neutralized the incoming missiles, an anonymous U.S. official told the newspaper.There were no initial reports of casualties and it is still unknown who is responsible for the launches.

With many western forces congregating in one place, rogue militant organizations, such as ISIS, have exploited the chaos to commit more violence amid the emergency evacuation. The U.S. has been conducting an expedited rescue mission of thousands of Afghan escapees and American citizens, 300 of whom still reportedly remain in Kabul, the Times said.

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