Pentagon to set Afghanistan troop levels

#USA #Pentagon #politics #military #Afghanistan #USTroops #war

Pentagon was granted authority by President Trump to set troop levels in Afghanistan. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis will now be directly able to adjust troop numbers. This is similar to what was done with Iraq and Syria when White House had given the Secretary of defense the authority to set troop levels.

Commanders often complained under Barack Obama, due to his firm stance on setting and monitoring troop levels by himself, which is the reason Mr. Mattis acknowledges for US still not winning in Afghanistan.

Mr. Mattis said that the new plans on Afghanistan strategy won’t be ready until mid-July, and will probably lead to the deployment of additional troops both from US and NATO. The Don’t lose strategy won’t be good enough to win this war.

On Saturday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for an insider attack in which an Afghan commando turned his weapon on American troops, killing three and wounding another.

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That is a nice decision, however as a President, even though you are not the decision make for troops, you need to know the basic stats and numbers since it’s your own country people that are putting their life on the line. I wish Trump does not forget that.

90 killed in Kabul bomb blast

#Kabul #Afghanistan #victims #bomb #terrorism #embassies #incidents

A massive bomb blast occurred in the Kabul’s diplomatic quarter during rush hour. A sewage tanker parked in the area apparently was filled with 1,500 kilograms of explosives that blew up bloodying the scene with corpses and filling the sky with huge clouds of smoke. The attack killed more than 90 people and at least 400 were wounded.

The attack happened just days after the start of the holy month of Ramadan, and most agencies are suspecting Taliban behind the attack, however the group has denied the allegations.

The explosion reverberated across the whole city, many residents thinking that it is an earthquake. Among the injured were people from German embassy, BBC crew, and others. The blast shattered the windows of several embassies and has charred off the outside walls to pitch black.

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Whichever group attacked, its shameful. You preach about Allah and say you follow Quran, and yet you kill in the holy month.

Please pray for the deceased ones, and wish speedy recovery for the injured.

But How? The attack happened in a diplomatic area, and no one checked a sewage tanker filled with ‘1500’ kilograms of explosives. How is that possible.

Taliban attack Afghan military base killing more than 50

#terrorism #Taliban #Afghanistan #victims #military #suicidebomber

An Afghan military base, of the 209th Corps of the Afghan army near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, was attacked by Taliban gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms on Friday. The attack lasted several hours and targeted soldiers as they attended mosque and ate a meal.

Out of the ten attackers, two attackers blew themselves up, seven were killed and one was detained. The attack began at around 2 pm.

The US has around 8,400 troops in the country with about another 5,000 from NATO allies assisting a much larger Afghan force in the war against the Taliban and other Islamist militants. Efforts for negotiating a peace between Afghanistan and Taliban has never come through.

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This is so cowardly, wearing their army uniform and infiltrating the base. And the blowing themselves up. This is the religion they are fighting for? Such a shame. These coward/moron terrorists say that they are fighting for religion, and then kill people while they are praying/attending mosques..!

National Security Adviser McMaster to visit Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

#India #Afghanistan #US #NSA #McMaster #war #international

The 10-day regional tour of Asia for National Security Adviser HR McMaster also includes Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. The use of the 22,000 pounds non-nuclear bomb by US in Afghanistan shows that the war is about to be intensified, both militarily and politically, hence, the United States wants to keep all the countries in the same page regarding the matter.

McMaster is taked with the mission to assess whether the current stalemate in the Afghan war, which is working to the advantage of the Taliban, can be broken, and if so, what needs to be done.

As of now, around 8,400 US troops have been deployed in Afghanistan.

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Another war. More deaths. More killings. More post-war groups. This is just an endless cycle.

Terrorist attack in Kabul hospital

#Afghanistan #Kabul #militaryhospital #suicideattack #Taliban #IS #terrorism

The Afghan special forces battled for hours against the IS terrorists, who disguised as doctors, stormed Afghanistan’s largest military hospital. The skirmish resulted in 38 people being killed, which included doctors, patients and nurses, and injuring 70 others.

A statement from Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said its fighters had attacked the hospital. The group also posted photos on social media that it said were taken by its fighters within the hospital, trying to confirm the said claim.

Three men wearing white lab coats began firing bullets after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a backdoor entrance. This bloodshed was followed by two other loud explosions – including a car bomb in the hospital’s parking lot.

Afghanistan is often under attack by Taliban as they deplorable and disgusting methods like suicide bombs and car bombs to attack people and instigate fear. However, Afghan Taliban denied and responsibility and connection with the attack, as it is known to distance itself from attacks on medical facilities.

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