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Casualties confirmed after blast at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan- US military

The risk of a reaction against global forces has grown more pronounced with a rise in civilian casualties caused by increased airstrikes by American and Afghan aircraft since the beginning of the year. He called the Haqqani network, one of the most unsafe terrorist groups in Afghanistan, "a veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency". In the 43-page declaration, China's Xi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Michel Temer and South African President Jacob Zuma had said they would work together to improve global economic governance to foster "a more just and equitable worldwide order". Today, we have USA military forces building schools and delivering development aid projects in Afghanistan - a job that is not what they are sent for.

"We have all the time in the world.to accomplish the mission the right way", said Staff Serg.

The attacks caused anger in Afghanistan and have raised concerns over US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy which is likely to escalate assaults on militant positions while sparing US servicemen as many risks as possible. The officer replied, "That may be so, but it is also irrelevant".

The Taliban, who are fighting to drive out foreign forces and re-establish its "Islamic Emirate" based on a local variant of theocratic traditionalism, issued a statement saying the leaflet made clear "that this war is a war between Islam and unbelief".

Pakistan is no doubt guilty for raising the Taliban and other outfits that have spread terror both in Afghanistan and India. I asked The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, one of the keenest observers of that war. When al-Qaeda declared war on the west, Osama bin-Laden outlined three key grievances against the United States: its perpetual occupation of the lands of Islam, the consequential deaths of many Muslims civilians, and our unquestioned support of Israel regardless of the atrocities they commit. "Ordinary Afghans don't like the Taliban". Trump now said: "no partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists". The only indictment leveled against the Taliban is that they were "harboring terrorists" - an accusation that's applicable to plenty of countries. The Afghan Taliban don't trust Islamabad anymore because they think that it can shift its loyalties under pressure and can't stand up to America.

"The answer is no, otherwise the US or the Afghan government would have presented them before the world media".

A leading expert on Afghanistan policy, Barnett Rubin, who has advised the United Nations and the US government, explains the problem differently. The foreign policy of a theocratic Pakistan can not be identical to that of a pluralist, democratic polity. "It can not grow economically without trade and transit with Iran".

As the recent escalation in violence in Myanmar has resulted in hundreds of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, an exclusive Reuters report claims that Myanmari troops have been laying landmines across a section of the border between the two states. "And for that you need friendly neighbors". Trump does not only charge Pakistan for harboring militant groups, but also want a change Islamabad's strategy towards the use of militancy.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has doubled down on more of the same. Chief among them is ousted adviser Steve Bannon, whose website Breitbart News blared criticism Monday of the establishment's approach to running he war. But it does not even pretend to contain a strategy to win.

The rising insurgency in Afghanistan can not be defeated without air support from the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, who have promised to invest some $7 billion in the Afghan Air Forces over the next four years. Call it quagmire-lite.

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