The war in Afghanistan, which is already the longest war in U.S. history, continues to have deadly ramifications for military personnel, as another soldier was killed today in a suicide attack.
The attack comes in the midst of peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, and the attack is being attributed to the Taliban. The car bomb was deployed in Shash Darak, a neighborhood in the Afghan capital of Kabul, and killed a U.S. soldier and a Romanian soldier. It was exploded outside of the Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, the country’s main intelligence agency.
The Romanian soldier and U.S. soldier were killed fulfilling the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, a permanent globalist occupation campaign of Afghanistan. Other attacks have occurred in recent days, including a suicide car bombing outside of an Afghan military base in the Logar province that killed several civilians and a separate blast wounding at least nine soldiers from a U.S. Army Special Forces team.
The attack came just in time to possibly damage the progress that was being made between the U.S. and Taliban regarding a partial withdrawal of troops from the region.
“I think it’s premature. I’m not using the ‘withdraw’ word right now,” said U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff last week at a Pentagon press briefing. “I’m using—we’re going to make sure that Afghanistan is not a sanctuary, and we’re going to try to have an effort to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.”
The Pentagon has been tight-lipped about the details of the negotiated peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban, and hawkish neoconservative Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly refused to sign the agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad that would remove 5,000 troops from Afghanistan.
“Ambassador Khalilzad is still obviously making his way around the region, talking to folks, and I haven’t gotten the latest update from him, but negotiations in some ways are still ongoing, so I don’t want to say anything that gets in front of that or upsets that process,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said to reporters while traveling to Europe.
“The best way forward is through a political agreement through all sides and to get on that type of trajectory, because right now we’ve been in 18 years of conflict and if we stay on this continued path it doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon,” Esper added.
President Donald Trump ran as the candidate who was going to establish an “America First” foreign policy in the Middle East and throughout the world, an objective that he has achieved with mixed results. He has already backed down on a more serious troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“We’re going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there as to what happens,” Trump said to Fox News Radio, before adding that the U.S. “could win that war so fast, if I wanted to kill 10 million people … which I don’t.”
While the Taliban is certainly capable and sinister enough to commit these types of attacks, the military-industrial complex has everything to gain to cause conflict in the region. Turmoil in Afghanistan could railroad the tenuous peace agreement, so expect much more of it in the weeks to come as the endless war rages on.