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US Military Base Hit by Rocket Attack, ISIS Claims Responsibility

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The Afghanistan affiliate of the Islamic State group launched a rocket attack Thursday on the largest based used by the U.S.-led coalition fighting terrorists in the war-torn nation.

Five rockets were fired at Bagram Air Base in Kabul, but did not cause any injuries, the military said in a tweet.

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There was no damage to the base, according to Fox News.

The rockets were launched from a car shortly before 6 a.m., local authorities told Stars and Stripes.

“Foreign forces intercepted two of the rockets in the air, and the other three landed outside the base,” said Wahida Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the Parwan provincial government.

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Islamic State Khorasan, the name used by the group, said that it targeted a helicopter landing pad at Bagram, Reuters reported.

The group first became active in Afghanistan in 2014, beginning in the eastern section of the country and then branching out to the north.

The U.S. has estimated that Islamic State Khorasan has about 2,000 fighters. The group had attacked the base in March with a similar result.

Parwan police chief Mohamad Mahfooz Alizad said the base was attacked four times in March, and would not rule out involvement of the Taliban in the earlier attacks, even though it denied any involvement in them.

The Taliban also specifically denied any responsibility for Thursday’a rocket attack.

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The attack came a day after 100 Taliban members were released from jail as part of a deal to end fighting between the U.S. and the Taliban.

Islamic State Khorasan was not a party to that agreement.

The prisoner release is a major first step toward implementing the agreement signed in February that also called for the Taliban to free government personnel currently held hostage.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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