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Taliban Fires Rockets at Afghan Presidential Palace

HeadlineAug 21, 2018

In Afghanistan, police say the Taliban have fired rockets at the presidential palace while Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha today. One rocket landed near the presidential palace, while a second hit near the U.S. Embassy and NATO compound. No fatalities have been reported. The Afghan military responded with a heavy bombing campaign. The attacks come after the Afghan president offered a 3-month conditional ceasefire with the Taliban, slated to take effect today. In more news from Afghanistan, up to 2 million people are at risk of running out of food within the next six months, as a historic drought spreads across the majority of Afghanistan. At least 80,000 Afghans have been forced to leave their villages in search of water so far.

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