After a rocket attack on Kandahar Airfield on Saturday night, US forces responded back at the insurgents.
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 IEA Mujahidin to take every counteraction it deems appropriate against the occupying forces,” Mujahid stated.
“The Mujahidin of IEA (Taliban) will now await what decision the leadership of Islamic Emirate takes in light of the sovereignty, values and higher interests of the country, and will then take action accordingly, Allah willing,” he tweeted.
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.
According to reports a residential home and a hospital were damaged in the blast, MoI stated.
At least 30 people were killed and efforts are underway to rescue people trapped in the rubbles.
Media outlets in Kabul reported at least 70 people were also injured in the incident, and some other local media outlets reported that more than 90 people were injured.
All of the casualties of the truck bomb attack were reported to be civilians.
Micheal Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia programme at Woodrow Wilson Center in Washing told Reuters that America can’t rule out attacks, he added, “the Taliban is less likely to attack foreign forces now that it knows there is a specific date when they will be leaving”.