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Casualties confirmed after blast at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan- US military Bagram Airfield Afghanistan from the Air Traffic Control Tower's catwalk
Christy Curtis | 08 September, 2017, 00:59

Donald Trump's latest tirade against Pakistan, holding it exclusively responsible for the failure in Afghanistan, has rattled the country.

How he plans to do so is still murky despite the months of internal deliberations that ultimately persuaded Trump to stick with a conflict he has long opposed.

The major problem with USA foreign policy is that, like an alcoholic in denial, no questions were asked about why Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda perpetrated the 9/11 attacks from Afghanistan in the first place. The cross-border sanctuaries may be an enabler but not a game changer for the Taliban's battlefield victories in Afghanistan.

However, the statement made no mention of the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, which have been accused by Afghanistan, the US and India of launching attacks against their citizens.

Instead, Trump projected an "I got this" bravado that has become a hallmark of his presidency.

It is second time U.S. military in Afghanistan apologised for its blunders. Since, Taliban are fighting against the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan (as stated by their spokesman), therefore, the more there will be surge in USA troops, there will be more activities of these forces, thus giving way to instability. The U.S.is not here for the good of our nation and the wise way is to take them out as we did with the Red Army.

Overall, Islamic terrorists, mainly the Taliban, control or contest about 40 percent of Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week he had "signed orders" for the fresh deployment of troops "to enable the Afghan force to fight more effectively".

In 2012, American soldiers mistakenly burned a stack of Qur'ans while incinerating a collection of damaged books and texts from the library at Bagram airfield.

Trump offered up numerous same solutions tried by his predecessors. Some of those reasons are genuine; for example, Pakistan is apprehensive of being surrounded by India directly and indirectly through Afghanistan. Trump now said: "no partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists".

Obama promised much of the same. It is not the first time United States forces have caused offense in Afghanistan where they have spent the past 16 years waging war against the Taliban. Chief among them is ousted adviser Steve Bannon, whose website Breitbart News blared criticism Monday of the establishment's approach to running he war.

With this speech, Mr. Trump has taken ownership of the war, which until now he has essentially fobbed off on the Pentagon.

Apparently, it looks like that; United States involvement in Afghanistan was without any strategy.

Now Trump leads Washington and that question falls for him to answer.

Russian Federation lately has been normalising relations with Pakistan, and according to some unconfirmed reports, is in communication with Taliban, supplying arms. With no pull-out on cards, Trump is eager to engage U.S. more deeply in what he earlier called a "futile war".

"My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts", Trump said. It won't help the USA to have relations with India pivoted around Afghanistan.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 after the September 11 attacks on NY and Washington, and overthrew the Taliban regime. There is huge fear within their security establishment that their soft underbelly of Baluchistan, presently being brutally crushed, would be accessible to Indian influence, once it establishes a foothold in Afghanistan. In 2013, the US paradoxically adopted the policy of fight-and-talk simultaneously. No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, but both Taliban and Islamic State militants are active in the province.

To those USA service members, Trump promised nothing short of success.

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