Afghanistan: Blast at Bagram Airfield results in causalities

"The attacker was riding a motorcycle".

The attacker is said to have struck the entrance gate to Bagram Air Base in the country, leaving one USA citizen injured on Wednesday.

The regional countries; China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan now better understand the United States strategy for its long-term military engagement in Afghanistan.

"The explosion resulted in a small number of casualties".

Citizens of Afghanistan have reacted in fury and disbelief after two airstrikes carried out by USA and Afghan forces targeting militants left over two dozen civilians dead at the end of last month.

But in a statement later, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan too was seriously concerned about terrorism and extremism in the South Asian region. The attack, which has been claimed by the Taliban Islamist militant group, comes hours after Major General James Linder apologized for spreading images of a dog, which is considered an unclean animal in Islam, holding a Taliban flag, which bears the words "There is no God but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God". No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, but both Taliban and Islamic State militants are active in the province.

U.S. occupation forces in Afghanistan have found themselves embroiled in a scandal of their own creation after distributing a series of inflammatory leaflets featuring anti-Muslim imagery, drawing profuse apologies from a senior U.S. Army commander.

The Bagram Airfield, some 50 km north of Kabul, has been serving as a main US and NATO military base in Afghanistan over the past 16 years.

"I sincerely apologise. We have the deepest respect for Islam and our Muslim partners worldwide", the statement quoted Linder as saying. "There is no excuse for this mistake", he said.

Parwan Governor Mohammad Hasem condemned the leaflet as "unforgivable" and said an investigation would be held.

But if the United States withdraws completely from Afghanistan, won't the country go back into chaos and be a haven for future terrorist attacks against the United States?

In an Afghanistan-focused speech on USA policy in South Asia, Mr. Trump last month insisted that Pakistan's partnership with the United States would not survive if it continued to harbour and support groups that target the United States. Though Trump did not clearly mention how much more troops would be sent to Afghanistan, Pentagon is mulling to hike the numbers to 10,900 from existing 8000. Help the security forces eliminate these enemies.

The attack also comes after last month's attack on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission convoy in Kandahar that resulted in the deaths of two USA service members. And in June, seven U.S. service members were wounded in an insider attack at Camp Shaheen in northern Afghanistan.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is pleased at Trump's strategy and happy that fresh American troops were coming again.

In a text message to the media, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group was responsible for the attack.

The rescue, this summer, of dozens of Afghan youths destined to be trained as Taliban fighters has spotlighted how entrenched poverty is fuelling a renewable supply of child soldiers to endlessly replenish the insurgents' ranks.

Victory in Afghanistan has eluded Trump's predecessors: President George W. Bush, who launched the war after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and President Barack Obama, who surged USA troop levels to 100,000, but ultimately failed in fulfilling his promise to bring the conflict to a close before leaving office.

The U.S. call for greater Indian involvement in Afghanistan has stoked Pakistani fears that New Delhi could use the opportunity to stir unrest in its tribal areas and mineral-rich Balochistan province, which is also a gateway to the $51 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).


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