Widespread Taliban violence is increasing across Afghanistan as the war-battered country slips further into anarchy.
The bomb-hit capital Kabul was again hit with an explosion near the office of Afghanistan’s main security agency. Three people were wounded.
It was hours after a bomb and gun attack on a minister’s compound brought surging Taliban violence to the capital and a four hour battle.
Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi survived the assault on a heavy fortified Kabul compound, but it marked a horrific deterioration in security.
It followed the US – UK troop withdrawal, part of a long and drawn out peace deal brokered with the Taliban, which the group appears to have ripped up.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said his group targeted the minister’s residence as an important meeting was underway.
At least eight civilians were killed and 20 wounded.
The Taliban have stepped up their campaign to defeat the U.S.-backed government since April, as foreign forces complete their withdrawal after 20 years of war.
Fighting has been particularly heavy around the city of Herat, near the western border with Iran, and Lashkar Gah and Kandahar in the south.
Dead bodies fill Lashkar Gah’s streets.
And 18 women and children were recently killed in airstrikes aimed at the Taliban in Kandahar- once Taliban HQ before 9-11 and home to al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden.
America is pulling out hundreds of diplomats from the capital, evacuating all but essential staff, with the US quietly replacing staff with “security experts.”
By the end of this month, all of Canada’s embassy staff will have gone from Kabul.
The US has retained “air assets” with which they, along with the Afghan air force, hope to rely on air-strikes to try and smash the Taliban uprising – so far with little success.
In the past, even though it has always been denied, Pakistan gave much support to the Taliban, encouraging chaos in neighboring Afghanistan.
There is still thought to be much support from Pakistan’s feared ISI Inter Service Intelligence network which has kept a leash on the group until now.
Russia has also been funding the Taliban, even rewarding them for the deaths of western troops in a bid to discredit the NATO mission there.
Joe Biden and other American leaders have perhaps rightly called Afghanistan the “forever war” as it has cost many trillions and thousands of US lives – and that’s without counting the Afghan cost of hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and perhaps 150,000 Afghan troops killed.
Without intervention, a mass country-wide disaster is looming, with thousands of refugees on the move and the deaths of many more civilians as the Taliban try to wrest power from Kabul.
Much of Afghanistan is falling into Taliban hands, with all that goes with that – the brutal degradation of women’s freedoms, eradication of education for women and the imposition of cruel and barbaric laws. T
The west is likely to see within months huge migration of refugees as surrounding countries suffer the awful fallout – and chillingly, the possibility of a return to Afghanistan spawning more mass casualty terrorism like 9-11.