Rocket attack on Afghan presidential palace: local media [video]
KABUL, BM, ($1=79.12 Afghan Afghanis) – Local Afghan media reported a rocket attack on the presidential palace in the Green Zone of Kabul, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. According to sources, the rockets were three fired before a speech by President Ashraf Ghani, which marks the beginning of Eid. The news was confirmed by the Afghan Interior Ministry.
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BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in the Green Zone of the Afghan capital Kabul, in addition to the Presidential Palace, there are dozens of embassies and missions of countries, as well as military bases.
There are no reports of damage or casualties, as well as no official information on who was behind the missile attacks. Television footage from a local TV station showed the Afghan president continuing to pray, despite powerful explosions in the area.
“Today the enemies of Afghanistan launched rocket attacks in different parts of Kabul city,” interior ministry spokesperson Mirwais Stanekzai said. “All the rockets hit three different parts. Based on our initial information, we have no casualties. Our team is investigating.”
Rocket attacks on the presidential palace have been carried out in the past, most of them by the Taliban.
The Taliban stepped up their activities in Afghanistan after the United States finally decided to withdraw its troops from the country. Currently, the Taliban claim to control 85% of the country’s territory. U.S. intelligence shows that the Taliban have concentrated forces in small urban centers and areas around large cities, exercising control over communications and transportation.
Our analysis shows that in six months, the government in Kabul will collapse and the Taliban will do everything possible to form a new coalition government with a predominant Taliban presence.
Iran also fears a similar turn of events and worries whether the Taliban will bring the country back in the 1990s when chaos reigned and Tehran and Washington were partners in the fight against al Qaeda, a terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
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