The World Bank has issued a statement announcing the launch of an advisory program in support of continuing peace in Afghanistan. The program was called in support of the country’s continued economic growth and new opportunities after reaching an agreement with the Taliban.
A suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan left at least 63 people dead and 182 wounded on Saturday night at a wedding party. The Islamic State terror group has since claimed credit for the brutal attack. It is the worst attack in months in the Afghan capital, at a time when the population awaits an agreement between the Taliban and the United States.
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes the Uzbek government’s official acceptance of the Taliban, saying such acceptance does not represent a basis for peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives. Two days ago, the Taliban announced that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar, met with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Aziz Kamelov.
Afghan presidential candidate Mohammad Hanif Atmar has announced that he has decided to halt his campaign. His Peace and Moderation Party have criticized the government for “undermining the credibility of the election” because of the ruling party’s “unlawful actions.”
On the third day of the eighth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar’s capital Doha, top US and Taliban sources confirmed that further progress had been made, but a peace agreement would be signed and announced later. It is not yet clear how many more days, weeks or months it will take to announce the success of the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban, but at the end of the third day, the two sides look promising.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently made striking accusations against the United States. Karzai is claiming the US is trying to meddle in the upcoming September 28, 2019 presidential elections. The former Afghan president is insinuating that Afghan citizens have no influence over who the US installs into the executive office. These allegations may cause a new round of tensions in Afghanistan, and at a time where international peace negotiators are trying to organize a treaty that will allow an exit for the US led peacekeeping coalition.
One hundred and sixty two people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks with a massive 380 injured in 34 attacks over the last week. The number injured took a savage leap with the knowledge that a susuide car bomb went off next a school. The number of attacks per day increase from 32 over six days to 34 over the last seven days. The overall number of deaths decrease but the number by a single event was unconscionable.
Twenty Eight people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day each and every day over the last 7 days. Though the number of attack per day decreased from 32 over six days to 30 over 7 days. The overall number of deaths has increase while the number of attacks has declined over the previous week.
So far in 2019 there has been 3,541 deaths due to Islamic Terrorist. On September 11, 2001 two Jet planes crashed into the each of the two Twin Towers in New York City, a jet flew into the Pentagon. and one more crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, killing a total 2,996 people. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403.
Deaths by radical terrorist in 2019, even though we are less than halfway through the year, are on track to reach about 7,000.
The number of targeted attacks by extreme Islamic terrorists in 2019 just keep growing. There were 615 Islamic attacks in 38 countries in which 3,458 people were killed and 3,896 were injured so far this year. That works out to nearly 27 people killed per day (down from over 30 per day a week ago) and over four attacks per day.
This week’s two biggest attacks were both in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber plowed into a police station, killing 20. The next day, the Taliban storm a checkpoint and massacred twenty local soldiers.