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World Horrific Afghan bombing highlights stalemate in longest U.S. war

00:26  01 june  2017
00:26  01 june  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

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A massive car bombing in Kabul that killed at least 90 people Wednesday highlights the stark choices facing President Trump as he tries to alter the course of a war in Afghanistan that has U . S .-backed Afghan security forces have been taking heavy casualties as they struggle to contain the insurgency.

There are about 8,400 U . S . troops in Afghanistan now in addition to several thousand troops from allied countries. Providing the Pentagon with Read more: 3 U . S . soldiers killed by Afghan army soldier in insider attack. Horrific Afghanistan bombing highlights stalemate in longest U . S . war .

A massive car bombing in Kabul that killed at least 90 people Wednesday highlights the stark choices facing President Trump as he tries to alter the course of a war in Afghanistan that has dragged on for more than 15 years and is characterized by commanders as a stalemate.

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The event was organized by the Afghan Student Association at ASU. The vigil began with a moment of silence before attendees spoke about the casualties and ongoing conflict in Horrific bombing highlights stalemate in longest U . S . war . Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 90 in Kabul.

Truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital : Bomb kills 13, hurts 24 in Baghdad; IS claims responsibility A car bomb exploded outsid Afghanistan ' s war , the longest ever involving U . S . troops, has shown no sign of letting up, and the introduction into the battle of an Islamic State

The Taliban has grown stronger in parts of the countryside, and followers of the Islamic State are emerging as a growing threat. U.S.-backed Afghan security forces have been taking heavy casualties as they struggle to contain the insurgency.

The Taliban denied any connection to Wednesday's bombing. The devastation caused by a truck bomb triggered in a supposedly secure part of the city near embassies and government offices.

The bombing is the latest example of how insurgents can infiltrate the country’s capital to wreak havoc. The attack appeared to be sophisticated and well-planned since the truck carrying the bomb got through multiple layers of security inside the city.

"There could have been cooperation with Afghan security forces or, at a minimum, very detailed planning and coordination," said Jack Keane, a retired Army general.

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  Horrific Afghan bombing highlights stalemate in longest U.S. war © Provided by USA Today The violence comes as the White House is weighing a request from military commanders to add more American troops to train and support Afghanistan’s security forces. NATO has about 13,500 troops in Afghanistan, including about 9,000 U.S. forces.

The top commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson, has said several thousand more troops are needed to turn the tide of war there. He has described the war with the Taliban as a stalemate.

Trump traveled to Brussels last week and discussed the issue with his NATO counterparts, who are also being asked to boost troop levels. The White House has not yet decided on requests for more troops.

“The major issue we’re facing is that with the status quo the war is not winnable," Keane said. "President Trump is facing an indefinite protracted war if nothing is done, and if we pull away Afghanistan turns back into a terrorist safe haven. Alternatively, we can do something that is decisive. The Taliban should have been defeated and a political settlement should have been reached years ago.”

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  Witnesses: Kabul blast felt like an 'earthquake' Witnesses described scenes of panic, confusion and destruction following a devastating bomb blast at Kabul's diplomatic quarter that killed scores of people and wounded hundreds."[I have] not heard something this big before", Fatima Faizi, a Kabul resident, told Al Jazeera, minutes after the blast on Wednesday.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A truck bomb devastated a central area of Kabul near the presidential palace and foreign embassies on Wednesday, one of the deadliest strikes in the long Afghan war and a reminder of how the capital itself has become a lethal battlefield.

In military terms, the Afghan conflict is a stalemate . It takes a spectacular bombing with foreigners It was here that the US dropped what it claimed was the largest conventional bomb ever on an Isis In practice, it has been unlikely over the past decade that the Taliban would lose so long as it had a

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said recently that NATO should be prepared to act quickly if more troops are approved, since Afghanistan is entering another “fighting season,” when mountains become passable and insurgents step up attacks.

“If the political decision is to do more, let’s do more as fast as we can,” Dunford said after meeting with NATO’s military leaders this month.

The bombing highlights the risk of withdrawing coalition forces from the country, said Seth Jones, an analyst at RAND Corp. "This attack does reinforce the precariousness of the security situation," he said.

But the bombing is not necessarily a sign that the Taliban or Islamic State is gaining an upper hand over government forces, analysts say. Insurgents have launched bombings in the capital in the past, and Wednesday's attack does not suggest that militants are in a position to control major cities, which would be a more alarming development, Jones said.

"The fact you can get a bomb into Kabul doesn't mean the situation is worsening," he said.

Afghan commando kills two US soldiers: official .
<p>An Afghan commando Saturday killed two American soldiers and wounded two others during a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province, a stronghold of Islamic State militants, an official said.</p>The Taliban claimed responsibility for the insider attack in the volatile district of Achin, saying it was carried out by an infiltrator.

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