The American military senior people have indicated that THEY don’t agree….
There is still unrest between various Sunni and Shia Islamic factions AND the Taliban…
An unstable Afghanistan would mean that ALL of the efforts by America and its Allies over the last decade where for nothing….
At least 63 people died in Afghanistan’s capital when a suicide bomber linked to the Islamic State blew himself up in a crowded wedding hall in one of the most devastating attacks on civilians in the long conflict.
The Islamic State’s local affiliate issued a statement online Sunday claiming responsibility for the attack. The group has made a brutal name for itself for focusing its attacks on civilians.
The message included an image of a young man carrying an assault rifle with a text describing him as a Pakistani named Abu Asim saying he attacked a gathering of “rejecter polytheists,” which is how some extremist Sunni Muslims describe followers of the Shiite branch of Islam.
The awful scale of Saturday night’s attack on the wedding only became apparent in the morning when the Interior Ministry said that at least 63 had been killed and more than 180 wounded in a blow to an entertainment scene largely centered around weddings.
Enormous multistory wedding halls in Kabul will often hold several of these joyous celebrations in the course of a single night.
A spokesman for the Taliban insurgent group, Sohail Shaheen, sent out a tweet Sunday morning in the Pashto language saying the group had no connection to the bombing. “The attack on the wedding hall is a brutal act,” he said. “The Islamic Emirate condemns it in the strongest terms. We share the sorrow of the people.”…..
Supporters of an extended troop presence in Afghanistan are trying to remind Mr. Trump of Mr. Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011. Iraq’s security forces were unprepared to fight on their own and, three years later, the Islamic State rampaged through the country, capturing major cities and plotting attacks against the West.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed article last week, David H. Petraeus, a retired Army general who commanded United States forces in Afghanistan under Mr. Obama, warned that a “complete military exit from Afghanistan today would be even more ill-advised and risky than the Obama administration’s disengagement from Iraq.”
“President Trump should learn from President Obama’s mistakes,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who often advises the president, said Friday in a statement. “Any peace agreement which denies the U.S. a robust counterterrorism capability in Afghanistan is not a peace deal.”…
President Obama ended up sending troops back to Iraq after hastily exiting too many, too soon….