Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of a suicide bombing at Shash Darak in Kabul on Saturday. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)
Odd this sort of thing is happening when the last administration insisted ISIS was on the run, eh?
Look, I know I have a sour view on this matter given my background and the fact that my son is deploying to that hell hole in a matter of weeks for the second time, but really: What kind of clown declares a war “ended”? Wars are won, or they are lost – They are not simply “ended” (see: “Peace with honor” – A fancy way to say “we give up, even though we could win with 45 days focused effort”).
It’s my wife’s birthday celebration dinner at the Brazilian steakhouse tonight, I’m sure this will put a damper on things. Hell, it’s getting to the point where I’m ashamed to wear any of my old army unit T-shirts, qualification T-Shirts, lapel pins, or baseball hats. It isn’t the soldiers I’m losing confidence in…It’s their leadership. I gave the army over 20 years of my life, and now I’m on the sidelines watching force effectiveness wither away and die. That’s a horrible feeling.
Leaders take longer to train and deploy than soldiers do. We’re in for some rough times yet to come in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria (not to mention Iran), and politicians and the brass just aren’t talking about it, easier not to mention it and chase pet projects instead.
A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded seven in an attack claimed by the group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan’s capital on Saturday, and at least 18 soldiers died in an attack on a checkpoint by Taliban insurgents in the country’s west, authorities said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the Kabul attack took place in the Shash Darak area near NATO headquarters and not far from the U.S. Embassy. Danish said the initial casualty count could rise.
ISIS in a statement on its website claimed responsibility.
In western Farah province, at least 18 soldiers were killed when their checkpoint came under attack by Taliban insurgents, said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the defence ministry. He said two other soldiers were wounded in the attack in the Bala Buluk district.