ISIS Rocket Attack Hits Largest U.S. Base In Eastern Afghanistan

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On December 19, a rocket attack targeted the U.S. Bagram Airfield in the province of Parwan in Afghanistan’s eastern region.

According to Afghan sources, at least five rockets landed in the airfield area. No losses were reported. The NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has not commented on the attack, thus far.

Bagram district governor Abdul Shakoor Qudosi told TOLO News that the rockets were launched from a mini truck that was parked in the area of Qalandarkhil.

ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack in a short statement released by its news agency, Amaq. The terrorist group said 12 Katyusha [107 mm] rockets were launched at the airfield. Amaq released a photo of the rockets and the launcher.

ISIS Rocket Attack Hits Largest U.S. Base In Eastern Afghanistan

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Bagram Airfield is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. The base has a dual runway capable of handling large military aircraft. Many units of the Afghan Armed Forces and the U.S.-led Resolute Support Mission are stationed in the base.

ISIS Khorasan Province stepped up its rocket attacks in the last two months. On November 21, at least 23 rockets fired by the terrorist group struck the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing eight people and injuring many others. On December 12, a similar attack targeted Kabul Airport. One person was killed and two others were injured.

Despite the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Afghanistan is far from being stable. The Taliban is still carrying out attacks, while the threat of groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda is growing again.

ISIS Rocket Attack Hits Largest U.S. Base In Eastern Afghanistan

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  • On December 18, the Afghan Air Force struck Taliban positions in the Gizab area.
  • On the same day, two children were killed and two others were injured in a blast in Ghazni.
  • On December 19, Taliban fighters attacked Afghan army positions in the Spin Boldak area.

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