Issue Brief on “Analyzing the Pandemonium in Kabul”


A wave of terrorist attacks has hit the Afghan capital, Kabul, in which hundreds have been killed and many more critically injured. The attacks and escalating violence once again highlight the growing strength and capability of the Taliban’s insurgency and the urgent need to put an end to the bloody war through a negotiated settlement.

On January 29, 2018, a fourth major attack was witnessed in Kabul when the Daesh/Islamic State (IS) targeted a military post near the Marshal Fahim military academy, in which 11 soldiers were killed and 6 injured.[1] Prior to this, on January 27, 2018, more than 100 people lost their lives and more than 235 were wounded, in what is being termed as the worst attack in Kabul since the truck bomb explosion near the German embassy that killed 150 people in May 2017. The attack took place when an ambulance laden with explosives managed to drive past a police checkpoint in an allegedly highly secure zone which is home to government offices, foreign embassies (including the office of the European Union), a hospital and a shopping zone known as Chicken Street.[2]

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