Afghan President Orders the Military to An Offensive Posture Following Two Deadly Assaults on Civilians


On Tuesday, two separate attacks rocked the nation, one in Kabul and the other in Kuz Kunar. In Kabul, three gunmen wearing police uniforms opened fire in the maternity ward of a hospital. Security forces killed the attackers, but not before 24 people had been killed, including two newborns. In Kuz Kunar, a suicide bomber killed at least 32 people at a funeral. At this time ISIS-K, the Islamic State's subsidiary in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the funeral bombing. No group has claimed responsibility for the maternity ward attack; but the Taliban has explicitly denied involvement. In response to both attacks, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the nation's military back into an offensive posture. Operations are now set to commence against the Taliban, ISIS, and other groups in the country. The Afghan military was previously placed in an defensive posture due to peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, with help from the United States. With all these events that have taken place, I personally don't see peace in the country for the foreseeable future. 

For clarification, the baby in the image was unharmed in the attack and was rescued by Afghan special forces. Stay safe and have a good one,

Brodie


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