As dirty a business war is, this is no bog-standard war but one gone out of control and become recalcitrant, languishing both sides, something wars tend to do. Depleted participants oblivious to war’s windup and fate, only have control over its eruption, something novel to U.S. until now, considering how it has always been able to safely retreat after every invasion in the history. A now too far gone marauding, the 18 years long lock horn with a then thought weak opponent, Afghanistan, now has U.S. deep in troubles, as continuous attempts of having peace talks with Taliban have resulted in nothing effectual up until December 2019, when US again resumed peace talks with Taliban as Trump aimed to end the US entanglement in the war before the 2020 presidential elections, which flared up in 2001 in response to 9/11 leaving behind a collateral damage beyond borders, but the professed victory of the sturdy combatant has been a myth as America in continuous need of Pakistan’s help has been unprosperous in not only meeting its end-goals but even a much wanted withdrawal. The political will for peace media witnessed on 2019 Dec meeting between US and AFG Taliban has been a sight to remember only but nothing fructuous as Intra-Afghan negotiations only declined, now has shown the world why it was an exigency and also why it withered?
Afghan territory, that has become a playground for terrorist organizations where peace is too bootless of an option. On May 12, a Gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital Kabul, setting off an hours-long shoot-out with the police and killing 16 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses.
The Taliban though had denied responsibility for Tuesday’s bloodshed, but Afghan officials appeared assured of two attacks having connections with rising Taliban violence in other parts of the country. Hours after the siege at the hospital ended, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered his armed forces to resume offensive operations against the Taliban. It certainly is not peace nor the beginning of it as Afghanistan’s national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib said in a post on Twitter, referring to Tuesday’s violence. It is straight out right in the middle of a chaos, a country where election authorities have declared the incumbent, Ashraf Ghani, the winner, but his main opponent rejecting the result, said he will form his own “inclusive government”. With two men claiming the presidency with powerful support bases, the vital but complicated stage in possible peace negotiations to end a decades-old civil war no doubt was made more difficult but with now gone rowdy entities instead have only cranked up attacks around the country, inflicting heavy casualties on Afghan forces with dozens killed every day. And now that the Taliban has subcontracted their terror to other entities in AFG as well there is little point in continuing to engage Taliban in peace talks anymore.
What is abasing Afghans is not just the absolute barbarity of the attacks with newborn babies soaked in blood and deprived of mothers before they have even gotten a name, but the failure of anything to bring a reprieve. The future of armed groups such as the Islamic State in Afghanistan, a group affiliated to which has taken responsibility for the attack on funeral, was a critical element of negotiations between the United States and the Taliban in the lead-up to the signing of the agreement in February. U.S. negotiators demanded assurances from the Taliban that terrorist organizations with aims of attacking the West would not be authorized to operate in territory under their jurisdiction, which recent event has proven to have started flexing.
Ahead of the peace deal, U.S., Afghan and Taliban military coercion on the Islamic State hamstrung the group’s territorial clench and led to sharprelinquishment in large-scale attacks in Afghan cities. (In the Taliban’s statement Tuesday, Mujahid highlighted the role that Taliban fighters played in the military operations, a contribution that even U.S. officials assessed as “significant.”) But recent deadly shootings in Kabul suggest some of the extremist group’s networks and cells remain intact.
In March, Islamic State gunmen killed 32 at an ethnic Hazara and Shiite gathering, and later that month gunmen stormed a Sikh temple, killing 25. Like the previous attacks, the hospital targeted Tuesday serves a minority community of mainly Hazara and Shiite Afghans. And on Tuesday, the Islamic State asserted responsibility for a suicide bombing at the funeral of a prominent local security official in the eastern province of Nangahar, killing two dozen and wounding 68, according to the provincial governor’s office.
Now with more than 5,000 people infected with the new coronavirus across Afghanistan as war rages, health authorities said on Wednesday (May 13), the capital Kabul is the epicenter of the deadly disease. The intensified tries for peace talk for unscathed evacuation of U.S. troops from Afghanistan that has already been done with only a few left now, right before global coronavirus outbreak, a conundrum in itself, another juncture in corona-controversy.
The Writer is Analyst, Social activist and a public speaker at youth conferences.