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People gather at the scene of the bombing. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Officials in Afghanistan said Sunday the death toll from a vehicle bombing outside a school in the capital, Kabul, has risen to 58, and hospitals were treating "at least 150" wounded people, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Saturday's blast that killed multiple high school girls is at least the second to strike students in Afghanistan in a little over a week.

  • Violence in Afghanistan has escalated since President Biden announced that the U.S. would begin withdrawing troops in May and would complete a full withdrawal by Sept. 11, 2021.

The big picture: No group has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack, which occurred as the high school was hosting female students for classes.

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the bombing on the Taliban, though the group condemned the attack via Twitter.
  • A vehicle bombing outside of a public building last week in Logar Province killed at least 25 people and injured more than 60, including multiple high school students.

Go deeper: Hillary Clinton, Condi Rice concerned about Afghan troop withdrawal

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

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Aug 14, 2021 - World

Afghan president addresses nation as Taliban close in on Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Nakib Murodov/Presidency of Tajikistan/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday made his first public remarks since the Taliban captured over half of the country's provincial capitals, saying that he's focusing on preventing "instability, violence and the displacement of people."

State of play: In a televised speech, Ghani gave no hints that he would resign, despite being under pressure from Afghan officials who want a transitional government headed by someone who can negotiate with the Taliban to prevent their takeover of Kabul, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Updated Aug 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden orders 1,000 more troops to support airlift of U.S. embassy personnel and allies

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby at a news briefing Friday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Marines arrived in Kabul on Saturday as part of a 5,000-troop force reinforcement to secure an airlift of U.S. Embassy personnel and Afghan allies as the Taliban nears recapturing the state, AP reports.

The big picture: President Biden said on Saturday that an additional 1,000 soldiers would join about 4,000 soldiers and Marines that are either already on the ground or arriving soon.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Aug 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden's stain: U.S. flees Kabul

A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul today. As the Taliban reaches Kabul, helicopters are landing at the embassy and diplomatic vehicles are leaving the compound. Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP

Rarely has an American president's predictions been so wrong, so fast, so convincingly as President Biden on Afghanistan. Usually military operations and diplomacy are long; the outcomes, foggy. Not here.

Flashback: Just five weeks ago, President Biden assured Americans: "[T]he likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely."