Afghanistan hasn’t been in the headlines much as of late, given that some time has passed since the Taliban took over and, of course, President Joe Biden’s disastrous U.S. troop pullout debacle.
But as many predicted, terrorism in the country is on the rise. According to The Daily Wire, that was evidenced once again after it was reported that ISIS-K, a particularly dangerous and extreme version of ISIS, claimed credit for a brutal attack on a hospital that resulted in dozens of innocent deaths.
The attack on the Kabul-based hospital was reportedly carried out by a team of terrorists, including several gunmen and one suicide bomber, according to a report from The New York Times.
The Times noted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced that “The attack was carried out by several members of the Islamic State, including a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the gate to the hospital. A car full of explosives outside the hospital also exploded, wounding dozens, and several Taliban fighters were killed and wounded in the ensuing gun battle, Mr. Mujahid said.”
Notably, the attack was carried out in an affluent section of Kabul, at the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital, a 400-bed hospital that has treated a number of Afghan soldiers and injured Taliban members.
Shortly after the tragic, cowardly terrorist attack, ISIS-K officially claimed responsibility.
Sadly, President Biden’s failed attempt to safely extract U.S. troops and Afghan allies from the country earlier this year has reportedly forced a number of those left behind to join forces with ISIS, citing the lack of income, food, and shelter without the employment of the Afghan Army.
“The number of defectors joining the terrorist group is relatively small, but growing, according to Taliban leaders, former Afghan republic security officials and people who know the defectors. Importantly, these new recruits bring to Islamic State critical expertise in intelligence-gathering and warfare techniques,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Undoubtedly, Afghanistan, under Taliban control, will be well on its way to being the largest terrorist safe haven in the world, and the Biden administration is at least partly responsible for that likely outcome.