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Major US airbase in Afghanistan comes under Daesh attack: NATO

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US soldiers stand guard as US President Donald Trump makes a surprise visit to the US troops at Bagram airfield, in Afghanistan, on November 28, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan say five rockets have hit a major American airbase in the country and that the attack, claimed by the Daesh terrorist group, left no casualties.

“Five rockets were fired at Bagram airfield early this morning,” the NATO-led mission, Resolute Support, said in a post on Twitter on Thursday, referring to the main US airbase in the north of the Afghan capital, Kabul. “There were no casualties.”

Afghan media reports said the rockets targeting the US military compound had been fired from a vehicle parked in an adjoining village.

The Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on social media and said its members had targeted a helicopter landing pad at Bagram.

The terror outfit, which has based itself mainly in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province, has an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 militants and has been behind a string of horrific bombing and other attacks since its emergence in the country in 2015.

The assault came after the Afghan government released 100 Taliban inmates from a jail near the Bagram airfield as part of a peace deal between the US and the militant group.

The base has been hit several times since the deal was signed last month. Some 100 Taliban members are also scheduled to be freed on Thursday from detention at a jail near the base.

The government and the Taliban militant group had been discussing a prisoner exchange. While the Taliban walked away from the negotiations on Wednesday, Kabul has been releasing the prisoners in an attempt to save intra-Afghan dialog.


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