Why can't the Afghan government protect Kabul?


A massive suicide truck bombing rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing 90 people and wounding as many as 400, including 11 Americans. Four BBC journalists were wounded but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace.

In an interview, Sadeqizada criticized USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, saying they have done little to improve protection in the country. The death toll was expected to rise. But the site of the bombing is much nearer to the German embassy.

"Both the Taliban and Islamic State have stepped up attacks on Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan".

There has been no claim of responsibility for the blast in the city district known as Wazir Akbar Khan that is known as one of the securest parts of the capital.

With increased USA military support, Afghan forces have turned a corner against ISIS, dealing the group significant battlefield losses over the past year.

Al Jazeera quoted police and health official sources as saying that least 80 people were killed and more than 300 wounded in the attack.

Photos from the scene showed a heavily damaged building inside the German embassy compound, with much of its facade blown in by the force of the explosion. An Interior Ministry spokesman said more than 30 cars and trucks on the street outside were also destroyed.

March 16- Afghan officials say Islamic State militants killed three Shiite elders as they were returning home from a graduation ceremony at a local religious school.

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Lotfullah Najafizada, news director for TOLOnews, Afghanistan's 24-hour news channel, also underscored the ongoing dangers faced by Afghans-most of which never reach corporate news headlines.

The most prominent terrorist group in the country, the Afghan Taliban, has denied any involvement and condemned the attack.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that along with the Afghan guard who was killed, a German diplomat was lightly wounded while an Afghan staffer sustained severe injuries. France, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Bulgaria similarly reported damage to their embassies, while India and Pakistan joined in worldwide condemnation of the blast. In Paris, Marielle de Sarnez, France's Minister of European Affairs, said her country's embassy was among those damaged.

The main thoroughfares around the area are typically packed with traffic and commuters around the time of the blast, which occurred at 8:22 a.m. It is one of the biggest contributors to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, with about 980 soldiers supporting and training Afghan forces.

Kabul police said the tanker had a permit giving it access to the restricted zone.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said the bomb was a VBIED, or vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, which detonated near Kabul's Zanbaq Square at 8.22am.

That has added to mounting pressure on the deeply divided and unpopular government of President Ashraf Ghani, which has faced criticism for its handling of the growing Taliban insurgency.

Insurgents' success in pulling off an attack of this magnitude constitutes a massive security failure for a government trying to convince its people it can keep them safe. The blast left a gaping crater, at least five meters (yards) deep.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned the attack, offering condolences to the families and friends of the victims and prayers for recovery of those wounded.

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