UN compound attacked in Afghanistan
UPDATED 10:31 AM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021
A United Nations compound in western Afghanistan was attacked by so-called anti-government extremists, leaving one person dead. The attack on Friday was reported to have taken place amid the fighting between the government and the Taliban in the region.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said attacking the UN and its personnel could constitute as a war crime. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan released a statement saying the UN is operating as a civilian peace keeping force. He went on to call for an end to all 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,” said Sullivan.
In the meantime, the U.S. has completed more than 95 percent of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. However, reports said the U.S. will continue to support Afghan forces with combat aircraft.
The United Nations in #Afghanistan has called upon the Taliban to undertake a full investigation and provide answers concerning the attack Friday on the UN’s main compound in #Herat. Perpetrators for the attack that killed an Afghan guard need to be held accountable. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/MfeZKQBtqI
— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) August 1, 2021