With the Taliban constantly probing for weaknesses in and around the Afghan capital and regaining ground as international military forces leave, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has lashed out at the extremists.
Calling for an end to violence he said he would revive a Soviet-era security body to better use his forces.
“Enough! No more! This is unacceptable, it is un-Islamic, it is inhuman. If they think that they will weaken our will with terrorist acts, they should know that all Afghans have but one goal, we will never surrender to terrorism,” he insisted.
Suicide bomb attacks and shootings are on the increase throughout the country, with at least 21 killed this weekend, mostly in Kabul, where a senior legal official was shot dead and a bus carrying soldiers was ripped apart.
Two more American soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack, but they may be among the last US casualties, as the vast majority of foreign troops are in the process of packing up and going home. By the end of the year only 13,000 will remain, a tenth of the force at its peak.
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