More and more terrorist attacks in Afghanistan have taken place, a country where the United States has been waging its longest war for more than 16 years. And how things are now, the United States does not win in it.
On Saturday, over 100 people were killed in an explosion in Kabul, and this attack took place just a week after 18 people were killed in a popular hotel in the same city. The responsibility for both attacks was taken over by the Taliban. However, there is an increasing threat to Afghanistan from the Islamic state. On Monday, they attacked a military academy and executed at least 11 soldiers.
ISIS and the Taliban have rivaled, and recently, both groups of militants have frequented attacks in Afghanistan where the United States invaded in 2001 after the Al Qaeda invasion of New York.
The US target was then to demolish the Taliban government, which was supported by Al Qaeda. However, after the defeat, the Taliban continue to try to regain control of the country, and the US operation in that country is extended.
And many Americans are wondering why the United States continues with the war in which its soldiers are starving. At the time of the Bush administration in 2008, at one point, in a secret report, “the US does not lose in Afghanistan, but does not win, which is not good”.
One of the reasons for this is that US targets in Afghanistan were often vague, even contradictory.
Bush, his successor Barack Obama, and current president Donald Tramp, have all offered suspicious, incomplete or unconvincing answers to key questions: “Why is the US in Afghanistan?”, “What interests are justified by American victims?”, “How will the war end?”
During 2009, while President Obama increased the level of fighting troops in Afghanistan, his advisers identified only two vital US interests in the war that could justify the sending of troops in combat.
One was securing a Pakistani nuclear arsenal. The other was the terrorist threat posed by Al Qaeda and its allies. None of these two issues are directly linked to Afghanistan, but to Pakistan. After 2002, the most deadly Al Qaeda operators have mostly fled to Pakistan. Nevertheless, Obama’s strategists rationalized their escalation on the basis that Al Qaeda will return to Afghanistan. At that time, Obama made a mistake because he underestimated the Taliban, which he said were not the same threat to the US as Al Qaeda, so he turned to Al Qaeda and left the Afghan army and the government to fight the Taliban.
Trump, who said that the United States would be less engaged in other countries, in August this year approved the sending of additional US troops to Afghanistan. His administration has decided to stop giving an annual aid to Pakistan in the amount of $ 1.3 billion, unless this state starts to exert more pressure on the Taliban.
Over the last year, US attacks on the Taliban intensified, as well as their response in the form of suicide bombings.
It seems that what Trump is doing for now has only the opposite effects. The Taliban also became angry because of its anti-Muslim stance, due to the recognition of Jerusalem for the capital of Israel. The Afghan government, supported by the United States, is currently in crisis, which the Taliban are also using.