Bomb explodes near a school in western Afghanistan

HALEY YAMADA
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A bomb exploded near a school in Farah, in western Afghanistan on Monday and wounded 21 people. At least 10 of those injured were students as young as 7, a provincial official said.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban are active in the area, according to the Associated Press.

PHOTO: US Marines board a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft headed to Kandahar as British and US forces withdraw from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: US Marines board a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft headed to Kandahar as British and US forces withdraw from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images, FILE)

The attack comes two days after the U.S. began withdrawing the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 troops from Afghanistan, following President Joe Biden's plan to be out of the country by Sept. 11 at the latest.

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In the last two days there have been almost 300 Taliban attacks in more than two dozen provinces across Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

Former defense minister Tamin Asey told ABC News that the Taliban have not changed, as many fear the group's violent resurgence amid troop withdrawal.

PHOTO: An Afghan flag on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 17, 2017. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: An Afghan flag on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 17, 2017. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE)

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"The ideology haven't changed. Their global claim to jihad haven't changed. They are more confident of their victory and they think that they have defeated the United States and NATO," Asey said.

Top U.S. military officer General Austin Miller, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces, warned the Taliban that they'll respond forcefully to any type of attack, according to the Associated Press.

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