In what has been a bloody, if not the bloodiest, weekend in Afghanistan since Western troops entered the country, it would seem that the war of terror is far from over.
Saturday October 29, 2011, saw a devastating attack also in Kabul. Media sources have reported that a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked an armored shuttle bus in Kabul. In what has been called the single most devastating attack against Americans since hostilities began at least 12 Americans were killed. One Canadian, a police officer and some civilians were also killed.
This was not the only attack on Saturday. Two International Security Assistance Force service members were also killed in southern Afghanistan according to the ISAF. An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon on Afghan and coalition forces. He was also killed during this incident. Later reports said the man had been in the Afghan forces for 3 years.
Sadly terrorists come from all age groups and a teenage girl is reported to have carried out a suicide attack on a National Directorate of Security building in the eastern province of Kunar. She killed herself in the attack and wounded several NDS personnel.
Whilst most of wish our troops to be home safe as soon as possible one has to wonder what will happen to Afghanistan once troop withdrawal is complete. If this is the bloodiest weekend since the start of the war the it would seem little has improved.
As the Afghan government looks set to take over from foreign forces the insurgents will want to weaken their stance and undermine the new rulers of the country. Who will win these final battles for Afghanistan is still unclear. The Afghan people must be so sick and tired of living in a battle zone. However, that may be their future. RIP
Update late October 30, 2011: Two Britons are amongst the dead.