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KABUL, May 2 (MENA) - After a rocket attack on Kandahar Airfield on Saturday night, US forces responded back at the insurgents, Khaama Press reported.
US forces spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett said that American forces conducted a “precision strike this evening, destroying additional rockets aimed at the airfield”.
“Ineffective indirect” rockets hit Kandahar airfield on Saturday afternoon but no injuries were inflicted to US personnel nor there were damages caused to materials and equipment in the airfield.
“A return to violence would be one senseless & tragic. But make no mistake, we have the military means to respond forcefully to any type of attacks against the coalition & the military means to support the Afghan security forces. That would be a mistake to move in that direction” Sonny Leggett acknowledged General Scott Miller’s intention to protect foreign forces.
This comes as on Saturday Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted that US presence beyond the May 1st deadline is in violation of the Doha deal signed under Trump’s administration back in February 2020, he said the group deserves the right to carry out tasks against foreign forces.
“As withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan by agreed-upon May 1st deadline has passed, this violation in principle has opened the way for Taliban movement to take every counteraction it deems appropriate against the occupying forces,” Mujahid stated.
Taliban put a halt to their attacks on US and NATO forces following the agreement but US President Joe Biden announced an extended date for the withdrawal process to be completed by September 11.
The militant group did not carry out attacks on foreign troops but in the meantime group’s violence raged against Afghan defense forces and civilians.
Earlier, a vehicle loaded with explosives was detonated in PD1 Pul-e-Alam city in Logar province on Friday evening.
Ministry of Interior Affairs said, that an explosive-laden vehicle exploded at around 7:00 pm local time and caused massive civilian casualties and financial losses.