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Rockets land near Afghanistan's presidential palace during Eid prayers

July 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN ?? JULY 2021: Afghan security forces inspect the scene as a damaged vehicle which was fire rockets in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 20, 2021. (Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Three rockets landed in two different areas near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, as President Ashraf Ghani joined other high ranking officials for prayers to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

(CNN)Three rockets landed in two different areas near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, as President Ashraf Ghani joined other high ranking officials for prayers to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Tuesday's incident comes as concerns continue to mount for the country's future: The Taliban has been steadily gaining control across the country as US and NATO troops near the completion of their withdrawal.

Around 11,000 Afghan special forces -- who are US-trained and better equipped than regular units -- are becoming increasingly stretched thin as the Taliban steps up attacks across the country.

On Monday, 15 diplomatic missions and the NATO representative in Kabul called for an urgent end to Taliban's ongoing military offensive, calling it one that "thwarts efforts to arrive at a negotiated solution to the conflict and harms and displaces the civilian population. " The communique was issued shortly after the militant group and the Afghan government failed to agree on a ceasefire at talks in Doha.

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