BBC: Militants Attack Afghan Intelligence Base

Afghanistan’s citizens have reason to worry about security. The United States signaled plans in December to reduce its troop presence and has met with the Taliban for peace talks in Qatar without the Afghan government’s participation. Still, Taliban attacks continue. Extremists attacked an intelligence security base near Kabul, with car bombs, suicide bombers and gunmen, killing more than 40 and injured more than 50. “It is one of the deadliest attacks on the secret service and follows a string of battlefield setbacks for the army,” reports BBC News. “Reports say the base in Maidan Shahr, about 30km (19 miles) south-west of Kabul, is a training centre for pro-government militia members.” The Taliban used brutal tactics in ruling Afghanistan from 1996 to late 2001, with a US-led invasion ending that reign. The Taliban as a minority group burdens the entire country with its extremist ideology: BBC reports have previously suggested that the Taliban control 4 percent of the country and have an active presence in about 70 percent of the country. – YaleGlobal

BBC: Militants Attack Afghan Intelligence Base

Taliban militants target a military intelligence base near Kabul and kill dozens of Afghan security and intelligence personnel
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Read the article from BBC News about an attack on an Afghan base.

Read an article from Foreign Affairs about “Why the Taliban Isn’t Winning in Afghanistan”: The Taliban ar a minority extremist group. Polls suggest that more than 90 percent of Afghans supported the Kabul government and 4 percent favored the Taliban. Afghans also reject the notion that the Taliban had become more moderate.

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