September 19, 2021

In Afghanistan, two rockets explode near the presidential palace

Two robust explosions sounded Tuesday, July 20, just a few steps from the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Three rockets, solely two of which exploded, fell near the compound the place many officers gathered round President Ashraf Ghani on the event of Eid el Adha, the Muslim feast of the Sacrifice.

‘The enemies of Afghanistan launched a rocket assault in varied locations in Kabul,’ Inside Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai stated in a message to the press. He cites three areas inside a radius of a couple of kilometer from the presidential palace, already focused by rockets a number of instances in the previous, the final time in December. Considered one of the three rockets didn’t explode, he continues, including that there doesn’t seem like any casualties.

AFP journalists heard at round 8 a.m. (03:30 GMT) the noise, adopted by explosions, of a minimum of two rockets flying over the ultra-fortified ‘inexperienced zone’ which homes the presidential palace and several other embassies, together with the mission. of ONU.

This assault on the presidential palace was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Shortly after the blasts, President Ashraf Ghani delivered his conventional first-day Eid al-Adha speech stay on tv in the presence of many senior Afghan officers.

The imperturbable Afghan presidency

In a video filmed by nationwide tv and posted on the Afghan presidency’s Fb web page, the hissing sound adopted by the explosion of a minimum of two rockets is heard, whereas Ashraf Ghani and several other senior officers pray in the palace backyard. The president and most of the males current stay emotionless and proceed to hope, kneeling, whereas just a few rise up, reluctant to flee. In March 2020, a rocket assault focused Ashraf Ghani’s inauguration ceremony in the presence of a whole lot of individuals. The incident was additionally claimed by the EI group.

‘My impression is that the significance of those assaults is assessed much less in the harm they trigger than in the psychological influence they’ve by undermining confidence in the authorities,’ stated Ibraheem Bahiss. Tuesday’s assault ‘like the earlier ones was symbolic and aimed to indicate that the insurgents are inside vary, regardless that the proven fact that (the rockets) landed so near the presidential palace reveals that these assaults can doubtlessly flip lethal.’

In his speech, President Ghani made no direct reference to the assault, however accused the Taliban of ‘exhibiting that they’ve neither the will nor the intention to make peace’, regardless of their claims. .

Peace talks that stall

‘To date, the Taliban haven’t proven’ the slightest curiosity ‘in significant and critical talks,’ he added, after one other fruitless weekend of talks between the authorities and insurgents in Doha. On Sunday in Qatar, the two delegations parted methods, merely indicating that that they had agreed on the must discover a ‘simply resolution’ and to fulfill once more ‘subsequent week’.

The top of the Afghan authorities council overseeing the peace course of, Abdullah Abdullah, admitted that ‘the Afghan individuals clearly anticipated far more.’ ‘However the door for negotiations stays open,’ he instructed AFP, saying he hoped for progress ‘inside just a few weeks’.

The Doha talks, which started in September, haven’t seen any progress since then and the Taliban launched an all-out offensive towards Afghan forces in early Could, with the starting of the remaining withdrawal of worldwide forces from Afghanistan, scheduled for s ‘to be accomplished at the finish of August.