Kabul Attacked! — Presidential Palace and Diplomatic Zone Targeted

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Kabul Attacked! — Presidential Palace and Diplomatic Zone Targeted

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: An MD 530F military helicopter targets a house where attackers are hiding in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The Taliban fired rockets toward the presidential palace in Kabul Tuesday as President Ashraf Ghani was giving his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, said police official Jan Agha. / Source: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Image Attribute: An MD 530F military helicopter targets a house where attackers are hiding in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The Taliban fired rockets toward the presidential palace in Kabul Tuesday as President Ashraf Ghani was giving his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, said police official Jan Agha. / Source: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

On August 21, 2018, early morning 9am, a group of Taliban insurgents launched a rocket attack on Kabul. At 12 noon, the attack ended after a three-hour battle between security forces and insurgents near the Eid Gah mosque in PD1 (diplomatic zone) of the city. The attackers also targeted the Presidential Palace, while President Ashraf Ghani was delivering his Eid al-Adha message.

Halfway through his message, the thud of falling rockets could be heard in the background. Without flinching, Ghani interrupted his speech and said: "If they are thinking the rocket attack will keep Afghans down, they are wrong."

As of now,  there are no reports of casualties from the dozen short-range rockets fired,  at least 12 rockets were fired but Kabul residents said they counted as many as 22. Also, no group claimed immediate responsibility, but the high-profile assault appeared to be a rejection by Taliban insurgents of Ghani’s offer Sunday for a conditional three-month truce.

According to the ground reports, additional explosions were heard in the area from about 10am – which were reportedly RPG’s fired by Afghan security forces. An Afghan Air Force's MD 350F close-air attack helicopter was also seen firing on the insurgent’s hideout during this same period of time.


Today's attack came after the August 19 declaration of ceasefire by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The announcement was followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni.

Just a day before today's attack, the Taliban has rejected the recent ceasefire offer by President Ghani and it announced its intention to go ahead with their attacks. On the very same day, in the northern province of Kunduz, Taliban fighters ambushed three buses and kidnapped nearly 200 passengers traveling for a holiday.

Kunduz provincial council member Sayed Assadullah Sadat said people on the buses were traveling to Kabul, to be with family for the Eid holiday. Government officials in the area have intensified negotiations with the Kunduz-based Taliban leaders and estimated 160 hostages were got released. Separately, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said: "...would release at least 500 prisoners, including members of the security forces on Monday, a day before Eid al-Adha celebrations begin."

Also, last week, on August 16, Taliban fighters attacked an area around a security base and training center for Afghanistan’s intelligence service in the capital Kabul, holding off security forces for hours before being killed

With reporting by Al Jazeera, BBC, Reuters, and TOLO News.