Afghanistan War: 30 Taliban warriors killed in ‘catastrophic’ class bombing
For a bomb-making lesson, Taliban soldiers, including some of their best explosive experts, assembled. Except for them, things could not have turned out badly.
The Biden administration is just weeks away from having to determine whether to stop the almost 20-year military deployment in Afghanistan that has cost almost 2,400 American lives, when analysts and US officials told that there are no good choices left and the best chance is to prevent “catastrophe.”
Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the nation’s defence ministry, called the accident the “deadliest of its kind” for the insurgents.
“In the past, the enemies would have suffered like six, eight or 10 people while either planting a bomb or making a mine, but this is the first time they suffered such heavy losses,” he told.
An deal signed by the Trump administration between the Taliban and the US pledged the US to withdraw the last 2,500 troops by May, down from 13,000 a year earlier. Within the language of the deal, the Biden administration is searching for space to maneuver, but as the Taliban proceeds to carry out brutal attacks and targeted killings, the US is left with little, if any, good choices.
NATO Secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said overnight the alliance will not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan “before the time is right”, ahead of a discussion by defence ministers on the deployment.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, has remained in his role from the Trump administration as a key architect of the US-Taliban agreement.
With a withdrawal based on a tight timetable that defied the recommendations of commanders and circumstances on the ground, the Trump administration gave the Biden team a “mess,” Bowman said. In comparison, the US-Taliban deal placed the Afghan government on the sidelines, leaving a crucial ally for any successful end to the war.