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The US currently has about 14,000 service members in Afghanistan, and the move would reduce troop levels to one of the lowest points in the history of the 18-year long war. The figure had swelled to nearly 100,000 at the highest mark in 2011 and dipped to 8,300 in 2017, reported USA Today.
According to an Afghan-based journalist Bilal Sarwary, it was a Hazara wedding which was targeted by a suicide bomber.
During a separate event, the Pakistani Prime Minister also said that they had 40 different militant groups operating within its borders. He also claimed that previous governments were not in control and did not tell the US about the exact "truth on the ground."
If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth, it would be gone, it would be over in, literally, in 10 days
The explosion took place at around 2 pm (local time), reported Tolo News, citing the provincial Governor Hayatullah Hayat. No militant group has so far taken the responsibility of the attack.
All the Pakistani Army and government are interested in is exploiting the mujahideen for specific political objectives, only to dump or persecute them later," Zawahiri claimed, highlighting Pakistan's role while casting them in a negative light
"We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup," an ICC statement
The Taliban's terrorist attack near the Football Federation today in Kabul showcases the group's inherent criminal nature. We will not be deterred by such outrage to pursue and punish the miscreants. Well done to our heroic security forces for punishing them hard in recent months