Millions of people in Afghanistan are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks during a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of a bitter, fraud-marred and ultimately unresolved poll in 2014.
The death toll in a Taliban truck bombing that destroyed a hospital in southern Afghanistan has risen to 39, nearly double the previous figure, with 140 wounded, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Friday.
US President Donald Trump has declared as “dead” so-called peace talks with the Taliban, prompting the militant group to declare war against American forces in Afghanistan, a development that seems to only prolong the 18-year occupation of the country.
Almost two decades into its invasion of Afghanistan, the United States is today caught in a “quagmire” in the Asian country as Washington can neither militarily defeat the Taliban nor strike a “satisfactory” deal with the militant group, which could serve as “a smokescreen” for a face-saving pullout, a commentator tells Press TV.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the so-called peace talks with the Afghan Taliban militant group are “dead” for now and that the administration in Washington will not negotiate any future deal without commitments from the militants.