Afghanistan: terrorism, "a new challenge for the Taliban in power"

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One of the explosions on August 26, 2021 in Kabul occurred near Abbey Gate, one of three access points to the airport crowded with thousands of Afghans hoping to be evacuated.

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Text by: Charlotte Derouin

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For France 24 journalist Wassim Nasr, a specialist in jihadist networks, the double explosion in Kabul on August 26 is a " 

show of force at a time when the world has its eyes riveted on Kabul airport and on the Taliban.



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In Afghanistan,

two explosions took place on August 26 near the Kabul airport


One of them took place near an access gate crowded with thousands of Afghans hoping to be evacuated. 

The results are still uncertain.

There would be at least 6 dead and sixty injured according to the Twitter account of the hospital of the Italian NGO Emergency.

The Taliban, meanwhile, speak of 13 to 20 dead.

Twelve US soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded, the Pentagon confirmed.

The Taliban " 

strongly condemn

 " the deadly attacks, said their spokesperson, while stressing that they had taken place in an area under the responsibility of the American army.

Analysis of the situation on the spot with Wassim Nasr, journalist from France 24, specialist in jihadist networks.


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