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As world celebrates Eid, Taliban fires rockets near Afghan President

AsiaAs world celebrates Eid, Taliban fires rockets near Afghan President

While all celebrate Eid-al-Adha, the Taliban fires rockets close to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as he continues to offer Eid prayers.

The eerie high-pitched screams of rockets pierce the morning air amid Eid prayers and a man looks up as he starts in alarm to the sounds of rocket explosions landing near the presidential palace, during an outdoor gathering for Eid al-Adha prayers attended by President Ashraf Ghani who sat at the front row in the palace compound, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At least three rockets landed near the presidential palace on Tuesday, where Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani was set to address people on Eid-a-Adha.

Security guards in visuals can also be seen hurrying in the background towards the site of blasts.

There are no reports of injuries from the explosions so far as all rockets landed outside the fortified palace premises, said Mirwais Stanikzai, spokesman for the interior minister.  No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and Taliban insurgents denied their involvement.

Afghanistan’s insurgents have for years fired rockets into the city every now and then, usually inflicting only minor damage and few if any casualties.

In March 2020, four rockets were fired on the edge of the palace compound during Ghani’s inauguration as president. Islamic State insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.

Right now, the situation in Afghanistan is tense and Afghanistan is at the cusp of a civil war.  The nation is bracing for the onslaught of the Afghan war which has just begun.  The Afghan special forces and hardcore military elements have withdrawn not out of fear of the Taliban onslaught but rather for military consolidation. After Gen Bismillah Khan Mohammadi’s appointment as Afghan Defence minister, the security forces are not only retaking districts but also counter-attacking.

It is only a matter of time the war-war strategy of the Taliban will become apparent to the world, particularly the US and Russia. The ISI spin doctors are projecting an imminent Taliban victory but the fact is that Afghanistan is heading towards a civil war as the Afghan security forces will push back for Taliban still do not take prisoners but kill them,” said a former foreign secretary. The Taliban animal has matured in age and cunning but its stripes remain unchanged sources say.

What happens in Afghanistan will have repercussions on the rest of the globe.

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