A Taliban bomb making class at a Mosque in the village of Qultaq, Afghanistan, killed 30 Taliban “students” on Saturday. The explosion took place in the Dolatabad District of Balkh Province. Among the deceased were six foreign nationals, but the Afghan government said they could not identify the 6 due to damage from the blast.
At Least 30 #Taliban militants were killed while attending a bomb making class at an Afgan mosque, according to security services.
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The incident was reported by the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army. They stated that the six foreign citizens were supposedly experts teaching the Taliban bomb-making class.
The incident is reported to have taken place when a group of Taliban militants gathered at a mosque in the village of Qultaq in Dowlatabad district of Balkh province.
Taliban fighters had gathered in the mosque to get instructions and training on making bombs and IEDs.
Their “instructors” perhaps weren’t as expert as they thought?
Taliban violence has increased exponentially after talks with the Afghanistan government in Kabul stalled. President Trump had made a deal to pull American troops out of the country by May. Whether that will hold under Biden is in doubt. If Biden keeps the troops in the country or increases them, the Taliban and other insurgent groups will wage a bloody response. If he leaves, they will still wage a bloody insurgency against Afghans in an effort to take over the country. It’s a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ scenario.
NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg has stated they will not pull their troops “until the time is right.”
“The Taliban must reduce violence, negotiate in good faith and live up to their commitment to stop cooperating with national terrorist groups.
Our common goal is clear. Afghanistan should never again serve as a haven for terrorists to attack our homelands.”
There is one other note to make about this incident: the location of the blast was a Mosque. In several cases in the past, militants have used Mosques as a cover for storing weapons, even in the UK (IrishTimes, 2003). Hamas has routinely used Mosques, hospitals, and other innocuous place to hide some of their nefarious activities. The Taliban bomb making class is no different – the use of the mosque as cover for bomb making is barbaric.
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