Friday, 17 August 2018

وكالة أنباء الإمارات - Afghanistan continues its slide into violence

وكالة أنباء الإمارات - Afghanistan continues its slide into violence


The school attack bore all the hallmarks of an ISIS bombing, while the Taliban has claimed the Ghazni offensive – they all hint at a further deterioration of Afghanistan’s fragile security apparatus. And what hope is there for lasting peace when the architecture of the state appears so compromised by those who kill with impunity? The timing of these attacks is not aleatory. The Afghan state and the Taliban are lurching towards a potential ceasefire to coincide with Eid next week. It follows a unilateral truce observed by both sides in June, which sparked genuine jubilation; the sight of rival fighters embracing one another raised hopes of a lasting resolution. But today, after a week of gratuitous bloodshed, a second Eid ceasefire seems unlikely.

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