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Rockets target Kabul presidential palace

Rockets target Kabul presidential palace

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  • At least three rockets hit near the presidential palace on July 20, 2021 shortly before Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was to give an address to mark the major Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha.
  • There were no injuries and the rockets landed outside the heavily fortified palace grounds.
  • The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq news channel.
  • The barrage came as the U.S. and NATO complete their final withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • Many Afghans are worried whether their war-ravaged country will fall deeper into chaos and violence as foreign forces withdraw and the Taliban gain more territory on the ground, having captured several districts and key border crossings with neighboring countries over the past weeks.
  • Afghan forces have complained about being left without reinforcements and supplies, often running low on food as the Taliban advanced.
  • In many instances, Afghan troops surrendered rather than fight.
  • Washington’s watchdog monitoring U.S. spending in Afghanistan reported that troops are deeply demoralised and corruption is rampant.
  • After their pullout, the U.S. and NATO are committed to spending $4 billion annually on Afghan forces until 2024, the majority of that money coming from Washington.

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