Afghan policemen stand guard outside the Iraqi embassy after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 31, 2017.REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Daesh (ISIS) targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed the building.The Daesh attack likely meant to distract attention from the militants' massive losses in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks.Also, Daesh said only two of its followers were involved in the attack, not four as Kabul officials said, adding to the conflicting information. While the attack was still underway, the Daesh affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility in a statement carried by the Daesh-linked Aamaq news agency.After Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, recaptured the city of Mosul from Daesh earlier in July, the Iraqi Embassy had called reporters to its offices in Kabul to express concerns that the local Daesh affiliate might stage large-scale attacks elsewhere to draw away attention from the militant group's losses in Iraq.
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