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ISIS rocket strikes U.S. base in Afghanistan

The rocket attack was launched on Thursday.

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force

On Thursday ISIS claimed responsibility for a minor rocket attack on U.S. forces at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. There was no damage to the base and there were no U.S. service members hurt or killed.

Bagram is the largest U.S. base in the nation.

The rocket attack comes less than a day after the Afghan government released 100 Taliban prisoners as part of a U.S.-brokered peace deal. This attack will put the credibility of that agreement into question and may provoke a diplomatic and/or military response from the Trump administration.

It seems the peace deal has only tempted ISIS into new aggression, now with 100 more fighters at their disposal. The full agreement calls for the release of 900 more prisoners. That part of the plan may now be in jeopardy.

However, if the 900 are still released by the Afghan government after this attack it may show that the government is siding with the Taliban, as opposed to keeping their commitments to the U.S. on the peace deal.

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