Afghanistan president calmly prays amid rocket attack

Unsettling footage shows the Afghan president calmly praying with a group of men Tuesday as rockets exploded around them.

President Ashraf Ghani was worshipping in the presidential palace compound in Kabul to celebrate the start of Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday, around 8 a.m. when at least three rockets landed outside the heavily fortified grounds, according to Al Jazeera.

A barrage of missiles can be heard whizzing and loudly exploding near the palace, as the men continue to peacefully pray — without reacting to the nearby chaos, the shocking 30-second TV clip shows.

No one was injured by the rockets, and nobody claimed responsibility for them.

The palace sits in a fortified area protected by large cement walls and barbed wire.

After the attacks, Ghani blasted the Taliban in a speech marking the start of the major Muslim festival.

“This Eid has been named after Afghan forces to honor their sacrifices and courage, especially in the last three months,” the president said.

Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) officers pray at the Eid Gah mosque.
Afghan National Directorate of Security officers pray at the Eid Gah mosque.
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“The Taliban have no intention and willingness for peace,” he added. “We have proven that we have the intention, the willingness and have sacrificed for peace.”

The rocket attacks came as the United States and NATO complete their final withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, after a decades-long war.

The Afghan withdrawal is more than 95 percent finished, and all US soldiers will be out of the country by Aug. 31, President Joe Biden said earlier this month.

Security personnel inspect a damaged vehicle.
At least three rockets landed outside the heavily fortified grounds of the presidential palace compound in Kabul.
Afghan security officials inspect a vehicle that was damaged after rockets were fired.
No injuries were reported and nobody has claimed responsibility for the rocket strikes.

But the recent resurgence of the Taliban, and concerns about the US troop withdrawal, has caused thousands of Afghans to flee the war-torn nation.

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced plans to evacuate Afghanistan who helped US soldiers while fighting the Taliban.

With Post wires

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