At least Seven Killed In Northern Afghanistan Roadside Blast

    Photo: AFP [via The Defense Post]

    The Facts

    • According to local officials, a bus bombing on Tuesday killed at least seven people in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Afghanistan’s Northern Balkh province.

    • A provincial police spokesman said the bomb was placed "in a cart by the roadside" near the city's Sayed Abad Square and detonated when a bus arrived, killing seven employees of a local oil company and injuring six.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The latest devastating bombing reminds the world that, despite claims to the contrary, the Taliban are incapable of providing security for the Afghan people. On the contrary, the ISPK's terror campaign is rampant, and the IS offshoot is busy infiltrating Central, South, and West Asia. By continuing to suppress Afghan ethnic and religious minorities, the Taliban regime is playing into the hands of the ISKP, contributing to the surge of local terror.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    That Afghanistan would descend into chaos under the repressive Taliban regime, thus also preparing the ground for ISKP terror, was predictable prior to the disgraceful US withdrawal from the Hindukush country. Hence, there were justified calls that Washington, with NATO support, should have left some troops in the country. To prevent at least the worst humanitarian hardships for Afghans, Washington must not turn its back on the country now.


    Establishment split

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