UN substance in Herat, Afghanistan assaulted by ‘anti-government aspects’

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UN compound in Herat, Afghanistan attacked by 'anti-government elements'

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A security personnel stands outside the United Nations structure in Herat, Afghanistan on October 23, 2010.

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The primary UN substance in Herat, Afghanistan was assaulted by “anti-government elements” on Friday and a minimum of one security personnel was eliminated, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA.

Rocket-moved grenades and shooting were utilized to target the entryways of the provincial substance, which was plainly marked as a UN center, according to UNAMA. Heavy battling in between the Taliban and Afghan security forces was likewise seen near the substance.

No UN workers were hurt in the attack, and UNAMA stated it was urgently looking for to recognize the wrongdoers and hold them responsible. 

“This attack against the United Nations is deplorable and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” stated Deborah Lyons, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan in UNAMA’s declaration. “Our first thoughts are with the family of the officer slain and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”

Lyons included that attacks versus UN worker and substances are restricted under global law, and might total up to war criminal offenses. 

The attack comes as U.S. and union forces near completion of their withdrawal from Afghanistan, with Afghan security forces having a hard time to keep back Taliban fighters that continue to make spectacular bear down provincial capitals in the war-torn nation. 

An Afghan security forces member keeps watch in an army car in Bagram U.S. air base, after American soldiers left it, in Parwan province, Afghanistan July 5, 2021.

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Herat is the 2nd provincial capital the Taliban has actually robbed in the last 24 hours, according to Reuters. Taliban fighters gone into Lashkargah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand, simply a day previously.

Taliban representative Zabihullah Mujahid stated that the occurrence in Herat might have taken place due to crossfire, and declared that the substance was “safe” and had “no problems” after Taliban fighters showed up.

“UNAMA office was located near the battlefield, which may have been damaged by the guards during the war and the reciprocal fire,” Mujahid said on Twitter. “But when the Mojahedin arrived there, the office was safe, they did not have to worry.”

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated in a declaration that the U.S. “strongly condemns the attack” and stressed the requirement to end the continuous violence in Afghanistan. 

“We reiterate our call for an immediate reduction in violence in Afghanistan, and for all regional actors to encourage the parties to return to negotiations without delay so that the Afghan people can achieve a durable and just political settlement that brings the peace and security they deserve,” Sullivan stated.

A U.N. report launched previously today reveals that civilian casualties in Afghanistan have actually reached record level highs in the very first half of 2021, with a spike in May when the U.S. withdrawal started. The report did not cover casualties in July, when the battling in between the Taliban and Afghan security forces just heightened.

In April, Biden revealed a complete withdrawal of roughly 3,000 U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan by Sept. 11. He provided an upgraded timeline previously this month, stating that the task would be done by Aug. 31.

The country’s greatest military officer stated recently that the U.S. has actually finished more than 95% of the withdrawal. Until it is completed, the U.S. is continuing to assistance Afghan forces with fight airplane.

On Thursday, the U.S. introduced over night airstrikes versus Taliban targets. 



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