On April 16th, Afghanistan erupted in a state of panic as the Al-Qaeda and Taliban groups attacked dozens of towns and cities, most prominently the Capital City of Kabul. In the past few months, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda groups have “layed-low” with their suicide and civilian oriented attacks. April 16th however, seemed to revive their attacks with an attempted offensive. 48 people, insurgents, soldiers and civilians were killed by the attacks. Pakistan also received their share of attacks, but most weren’t major. Kabul was hit hard by the attacks, but NATO and U.N. soldiers prevented many, but not all attacks. The attacks started late night April 15th and ended late night April 16. Foreign embassies were the main targets within Kabul, with intentions of starting political unrest. The Attacks failed due to the Afghan police force, U.N. soldiers and NATO soldiers. The populous are constantly worried as Al-Qaeda promised more civilian deaths within the next few weeks. Many Foreign Chief Political Correspondents have reported that this proves to foreign nations that “Afghanistan can protect and fend for itself”.
So, what do you think? Will the coming weeks bring regional stability to the Afghan Backlands? Or will thousands die in many more Taliban directed attacks?