“It cannot be a private dispute. Why would anyone be so angry to throw grenades in a mosque while people are praying”, Zazai said of the attack he blamed on “the enemy”, a term often used by Afghan officials to describe the Taliban. [Al Jazeera English]
MOVE ALONG, please, nothing to see here. Someone in one of the campaigns used the wrong words. What a reprehensible spectacle we’re seeing, as what plays out in Afghanistan should be grabbing the attention of both presidential campaigns.
From the New York Times, a deadly day in Afghanistan.
Bombings and shootings took the lives of at least 43 Afghans on Tuesday in the deadliest day for civilians this year as insurgents struck while people were preparing for the Muslim holiday that ends the month of Ramadan .
The worst death toll came in the southwestern province of Nimruz, where suicide bombers struck the provincial capital, Zaranj, as throngs of people were shopping for the Id al-Fitr holiday this weekend. The bombings killed at least 29 people and wounded 57, said Gen. Mohammed Musa Rasuli, the provincial police chief.
If you’re not watching PBS “News Hour,” you’re likely not seeing much detail about a very worrisome situation developing as we march toward a draw down.
The recent attacks come after an Afghan solider turned on NATO forces, murdering them. It was reportedly the third so-called green-on-blue attack in four days.