While the police and army claim they prevent most bombings from ever happening, the fact remains that insurgents pull off horrific attacks with chilling regularity.
Most of the victims were Shiite and ethnic Hazaras. He wants to bring at least some of them home before next year's election.
"I think many of us are merely alive by appearance and physically". I lost my brother, my friends who came to join my wedding party.
Abdul Sattar was leaving his cousin's wedding with his wife and a son when he noticed the late-arriving guest, a well-dressed man who pulled up on a bicycle festooned with flowers and rushed inside the hall. Both the bride and groom survived and, in an emotional interview with local broadcaster TOLOnews, the distraught groom said their lives were devastated within seconds.
Mirwais Elmi: "I've lost hope".
"They are the same dogs that bite the nation whenever they want", Sattar said.
There were children among the dead and the attack wounded close to 200 other people. "These people who were targeted were poor, ordinary civilians, not government authorities or generals".Читайте также: 'Imminent threat': N. Korea has mini-nukes, Japan says
More than anything in its almost year-long negotiations with the United States, the Taliban want some 20,000 U.S. and allied forces to withdraw from the country. "There will be peace with one group, but war with another". The story said, "Outraged Afghans questioned on Sunday the point of negotiations with the Taliban aimed at getting U.S. troops to leave and ending the war".
The IS affiliate in Afghanistan initially numbered just a few dozen fighters, mainly Pakistani Taliban driven from their bases across the border and disgruntled Afghan Taliban attracted to IS' more extreme ideology.
Days before Saturday's attack, Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Ghani, expressed similar concerns about ISIS's growing strength and their ongoing attraction for some Taliban jihadis, as Reuters reported last Thursday.
Ghani did not refer in his speech to negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban on a deal by which USA troops can withdraw in exchange for Taliban security guarantees. His government is openly frustrated at being sidelined from the USA talks with the insurgent group, which regards the Afghan government as a United States puppet.
An explosion detonated by a suicide bomber ripped through a crowded wedding hall in western Kabul on Saturday night, with witnesses reporting multiple casualties.
"We must accelerate the Afghan Peace Process including intra-Afghan negotiations. Success here will put Afghans in a much stronger position to defeat ISIS".
But blasts in the eastern city of Jalalabad disrupted the day.
Mujib Mashal, a senior correspondent for the New York Times, said his sources were telling him that at least 40 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts in the city, parts of which have been a Daesh bastion.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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