Afghanistan is again in the news for the wrong reason. On Thursday, a suicide bomber on foot targeted a bus carrying Afghan soldiers on the outskirts of Kabul. In the incident, 6 army personnel lost their lives and 11 were wounded. However, the Talibans claimed to have killed 12.
Taliban insurgent attacks in the form of roadside bombs and deadly suicide bombings have accentuated in recent months in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, 5 Afghan students were killed in a foreign force air strike in northern Parwan province. Civilian casualties caused due to air power conflicts are also on the rise. Again on Thursday, a busy bazaar was attacked in the western province of Herat by the Taliban insurgents. According to Aminullah Azad, dozens of insurgents had forced their way into people’s house in Shindand and exchanged fire with security forces.
Such terror attacks are taking a toll on the army at a time when most of the foreign troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan after 13 years of war.Lieutenant-General Joseph Anderson is of the view that Afghan forces are struggling with logistics. Another challenge was to sustain troop numbers despite increasing incidents of terrors, resulting in casualties.