Throughout the many issues continuing to face the United States and the world while the current president remains in power, Donald Trump himself continues to flounder about with no relevant public service experience before his present position to speak of.
One of the issues currently facing the United States and the world is the threat posed by the Islamic State terror group, which has emerged as one of, if not the most pre-eminent terror threat facing the world today. Over recent years the group has carried out attacks across the world, claiming large numbers of lives in the process.
One of the group’s latest attacks came Sunday in Kabul, Afghanistan, where at about 10 AM local time, a suicide bomber walked up to a voter registration center and set off his explosives, killing some 57 people and leaving over 100 people wounded according to CNN. Also according to CNN, the dead included at least five children. The building where the attack took place was apparently situated in the Dashte Barchi neighborhood of the city.
Comments condemning the attack and pledging to hold the perpetrators accountable have poured in from officials both inside and outside of Afghanistan in the time since the bombing.
The country’s own chief executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, commented:
‘I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on voters’ registration center in Kabul. I stand with those affected by this coward attack. Our resolve for fair and transparent election will continue and terrorists won’t win against the will of the Afghan people.’
The elections for which voter registration are currently open will take place in October and will come after the Afghan government pledged to recognize the infamous, historically al Qaeda allied Taliban as a political party as a part of a potential future cease fire agreement.
Besides Dr. Abdullah, other officials to offer their support in the wake of the tragedy include Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and United States Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass.
Ghani commented that he wishes “Allah’s mercy upon those who martyred [and] speedy recovery to the wounded,” while Bass, like Abdullah, explicitly connected the incident to the struggling democracy in Afghanistan.
Bass, who was nominated by President Trump to serve in his present position last year, commented, in part:
‘This senseless violence shows the cowardice and inhumanity of the enemies of democracy and peace in Afghanistan.’
The Sunday attack in Kabul is the latest in a string of attacks to rock the city. It was earlier this year, for example, that Taliban operatives killed 22 people at the Intercontinental Hotel. Glenn Selig, spokesman for Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates — who doubles as a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — was among those killed in that attack.
In the fight against ISIS, although territorial gains against the group have continued under the Trump administration to the point of the White House claiming the group to be defeated, there remains work to be done as the Sunday attack in Kabul demonstrates.
Even still, the president has opted to take the long discredited path of prematurely proclaiming “Mission Accomplished” in the fight against overseas enemies.