Afghanistan: 1 killed, 7 injured in Car Explosion; Trump Pledges

JAN 15: One person was killed and seven others suffered injuries in a car bomb explosion in Ghazni province early on Friday morning, Afghanistan media reported citing Ghazni governor’s spokesman. The blast took place on Kabul-Kandahar highway. So far, no terror groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Terror On Rise AGAIN?

In the last few months, Afghanistan has witnessed a surge in violence despite the ongoing intra-Afghan peace talks to resolve the conflict in the country. Talian continues to carry out attacks on Afghan government targets, make territorial gains and target Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) bases.

More than 40 years after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, nearly 5 million Afghans remain displaced outside of the country by successive waves of conflict. Of these, 90% are hosted by the Islamic Republics of Pakistan and Iran respectively. Besides, over 2 million Afghans are internally displaced today within their own country.

Donald Trump Pledges To End

Friday’s attacks come a day after the outgoing US President Donald Trump restated his commitment towards ending the war. Expanding on his military accomplishments, he stated that the presence of American troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were at its lowest and that he will “always be committed to stopping the endless wars”.

“United States military troops in Afghanistan are at a 19-year low. Likewise, Iraq and Syria are also at the lowest point in many years. I will always be committed to stopping the endless wars,” The White House quoted Trump as saying.

“It has been a great honour to rebuild our military and support our brave men and women in uniform. USD 2.5 trillion invested, including in beautiful new equipment — all made in the U.S.A,” the statement by Trump added.

Repercussions Of 30 Years Of War

Afghanistan has never conducted a full census, and it is thus difficult to gauge the number of casualties suffered in the country since the outbreak of fighting. The best estimates available indicate that some 1.5 million Afghanis were killed before 1992—although the number killed during combat and the number killed as an indirect result of the conflict remain unclear. The casualty rate after 1992 is even less precise.

Many thousands were killed as a direct result of factional fighting; hundreds or thousands of prisoners and civilians were executed by tribal, ethnic, or religious rivals; and a large number of combatants—and some non-combatants—were killed, during the U.S. offensive. Moreover, tens of thousands died of starvation or of a variety of diseases, many of which in less-troubled times could have been easily treated.

Hundreds of thousands were killed or injured by the numerous land mines in the country. (Afghanistan was, by the end of the 20th century, one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, and vast quantities of unexploded ordnance littered the countryside.) The number of Afghan refugees living abroad fluctuated over the years with the fighting and reached a peak of some six million people in the late 1980s.