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Kabul blast 

An explosion has rocked Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, as US forces are in the final stage of withdrawing from the city. American officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the US carried out a drone strike in Kabul. They say the strike targeted a Daesh suicide bomber in a vehicle. The officials say the bomber intended to attack Kabul airport. Meanwhile, witnesses said the blast was caused by a rocket that hit a house near the airport. There have been no immediate reports of casualties. On Thursday, a bomb blast outside Kabul airport killed scores of people including 13 US troops. The attack was claimed by Daesh and targeted people waiting to board planes to flee Afghanistan.

US Afghanistan 'failure' 

A top Iranian military commander says the United States failed to ensure security in Afghanistan despite huge sums of money Washington allocated to that country. Major General Mohammad Baqeri said the US spent more than 2 trillion dollars on Afghanistan, including an annual 4-billion-dollar budget for the Afghan army, but to no avail. The chief of staff of Iran's Armed Forces added, the Afghan army was ostensibly equipped by the US with efficient military hardware. However, he said, the Afghan army was weak enough and failed to stand up to the Taliban. Baqeri noted that the huge American funding failed to bring security and tranquility to Afghanistan, a country now facing conspiracies and threats. He added the US invaded Afghanistan, plundered its riches and committed numerous crimes before leaving the country with a humiliating defeat.

Iran FM in Damascus 

Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has sat down for talks with his Syrian counterpart in Damascus. The two officials discussed ways to further expand bilateral relations. They also exchanged views on international and regional developments. The Iranian foreign minister has described the talks as very useful. He said Iran and Syria are designing a roadmap for the expansion of economic cooperation in the face of cruel sanctions by adversaries. Amirabdollahian said the presence of extra-regional forces does not help the region improve its security and stability. He stressed that all regional countries, particularly Iraq and Syria, should work for the progress of the region. He said Iran has strategic ties with these two nations.


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