Stars & Stripes reports that the Taliban punctuated the celebration in Washington, DC today with a nine-hour running gun battle through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan today which also included a car bomb set off in front of a police station and some suicide bombers detonating themselves.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which started around 5:30 a.m., when at least four attackers stormed the lightly-defended headquarters of the Kabul Traffic Police, before taking up positions and firing light and heavy weapons down on an adjacent compound that houses the Afghan Border Police
In his inauguration address today, the president pronounced that “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” He should be giving that advice to the Taliban, not to us. If I may quote General Mattis for the second time today “…no war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
From the S&S article;
Winter usually sees a lull in violence in Afghanistan, as insurgents head to safe havens in Pakistan. Monday’s attack, however, was the second in a week to hit the capital. Last week, suicide bombers attacked the country’s security services headquarters, killing two guards.
Gee, I wonder why they’re especially active this year?