- After the assassination of the president of Haiti, an attack near the presidential palace of Afghanistan is confirmed.
- No injuries were reported and the Afghan president blamed the Taliban after the attack.
- The incident occurred as the United States and NATO complete the withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan.
After the murder of The President of Haiti it was confirmed that at least three rockets fell near the presidential palace on Tuesday, shortly before the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, delivered a speech to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid-a-Adha. No injuries were reported and the rockets landed outside the grounds of the fortified palace, explained Mirwais Stanikzai, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but police were swiftly deployed to the area. A car parked nearby was completely destroyed and police said it was used as a launch pad for the rockets.
Attack on President of Afghanistan confirmed
The palace is in the middle of the so-called Green Zone that is fortified with huge concrete walls and barbed wire, and the streets near the palace have been closed for a long time, according to The Associated Press.
The incident occurred as the United States and NATO complete the withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan. Many Afghans are concerned that the war-torn nation may plunge further into chaos and violence as foreign troops leave and the Taliban gain more territory.
The US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan
The insurgent group captured several key districts and border crossings in recent weeks. The departure of foreign troops is more than 95% complete, and the last American soldier will leave the nation by Aug. 31, President Joe Biden explained in a speech earlier this month.
“This Eid is dedicated to the Afghan forces to honor their sacrifices and bravery, especially in the past three months,” Ghani said in his address to the nation after morning prayers for Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice.”
Afghan President Blames Taliban for Missiles in Kabul
“The Taliban have no intention or will for peace,” Ghani said. “We have shown that we have the intention, the will and we have sacrificed for peace.” However, Afghan forces complained of running out of reinforcements or supplies, often without food, as the Taliban advanced.
In many cases, the soldiers surrendered instead of fighting. The body that monitors US spending in Afghanistan noted that troops are deeply demoralized and corruption is widespread. Following its withdrawal, Washington and NATO have pledged to spend $ 4 billion annually on the forces through 2024, of which the majority is US funds.
“The Taliban have no intention or will for peace”
Ghani said he regretted the government’s decision to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners to start peace talks last year and called the move a “big mistake” that only strengthened the insurgents.
But Ghani has also released other inmates, including the wanted warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, with whom he signed a peace agreement in 2017.
There were no injuries
On the other hand, Abdullah Abdullah, number 2 of the government, was inside the palace when the attack occurred, after returning on the eve of Qatar, where the peace talks with the Taliban are being held. The people in the compound were far away from where the projectiles landed.
Eid al-Adha is the most important holiday in Islam and commemorates the readiness of the prophet Ibrahim – Abraham for Christians and Jews – to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, sheep or cows are slaughtered and some of the meat is distributed to the poor.
Haiti’s Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph resigns
On the other hand, the interim Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph, who has led the country after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, has presented his resignation from office. Haiti’s prime minister-designate Ariel Henry will replace the country’s interim prime minister to honor the wishes of the country’s late president, an official told The Associated Press on Monday.
It was not immediately clear how quickly Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has led Haiti with the backing of the police and military, would resign since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7.
Prime Minister of Haiti resigns
“Negotiations are still ongoing,” said Haitian Elections Minister Mathias Pierre, adding that Joseph would once again be Foreign Minister. Joseph could not immediately be reached for comment, and Henry did not return a message for comment.
However, he released an audio recording in which he referred to himself as prime minister and called for unity. Henry said he would soon announce to members of what he called an interim consensus government that he would lead the country until elections are held. Filed Under: President Afghanistan Attack.
“A consensual and inclusive government” in Haiti
“I offer my congratulations to the Haitian people who have shown political maturity in the face of what can be considered a coup d’état … Our Haitian brothers gave peace a chance, while leaving the possibility that one day the truth could be restored Henry said.
“Now it is up to all national leaders to walk together in unity, towards the same goal, to show that they are responsible,” added Henry. The political shift followed a statement Saturday by a key group of international diplomats that appeared to snub Joseph by calling for the creation of “a consensual and inclusive government.” Filed Under: President Afghanistan Attack.
The legacy of the assassinated president is expected to continue
“To this end, it strongly encourages Prime Minister-designate Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government,” the Core Group statement said. The Core Group is made up of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, the European Union, and representatives from the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
Monique Clesca, a Haitian writer, activist and former UN official, said she does not anticipate any changes with Henry, whom she hopes will continue Moïse’s legacy. But he warned that Henry could be seen as tainted due to the Core Group’s involvement. Filed Under: President Afghanistan Attack.
US encourages Haitians to strengthen democracy
“If you accept this, there is not only a perception, but the reality that the international community has put it there, and I think that is its burden,” he said. “What we are asking is that Haitians really say that this is unacceptable. We do not want the international community to indicate who should be in power and what should be done. It depends on us”.
The US Embassy issued a short statement saying that it encouraged civil society to play an active role in building consensus in Haiti, adding that it was essential to strengthening democracy. Filed Under: President Afghanistan Attack.
Assassinated president’s wife returns to Haiti
The Core Group statement was issued hours after Moïse’s wife, Martine, arrived in Haiti on Saturday aboard a private jet dressed in black and in a bulletproof vest after being released from a hospital in Miami.
Has not issued a statement Nor has he spoken publicly since his return to Haiti as the government prepares for the July 23 funeral to be held in the northern city of Cap-Haitien. Other events honoring Moïse are planned this week in the capital of Port-au-Prince before the funeral. Filed Under: President Afghanistan Attack.