United States President Donald Trump on September 9 declared that any peace talks with the Taliban are now dead. This left the Afghanistan people in a fear that the move will be responsible for taking away more lives of common people in Afghanistan. The US was going to have a deal with the Taliban that would see the American troops leaving Afghanistan. The US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul earlier this month to finalize the peace deal when a blast took place in the city killing many civilians.
The Afghans are worried that after Trump's statement on the end of peace talks with the Taliban, it will start attacking the civilians more by killing them in a brutal way. A family's 30 relatives were wounded in the blast last week. There were women mainly and the son of the family is still recovering from an attack that took place last year. Hayat Khan, the member of the family said, “Our only hope was peace and that doesn’t happen now.” He then added on to say, “Here innocent people are killed and there is bloodshed everywhere. Families lose their sons, mothers, even their livestock, but no one cares about it, who remembers them? Are they not humans?” His 26-year-old son said that the attacks take place daily and feel that Trump should worry about the hundreds of civilians getting killed in Afghanistan.
This is on verge of becoming the longest war of Afghanistan, going ahead of the Soviet invasion decades ago. It was after the Soviet left that the cruel Taliban took over the country. More and more Afghan civilians have been killed in the past 18 years as compared to the previous times. The US airstrikes and the support to Afghan ground forces to fight the Taliban militants is a reason why the civilians get trapped in between. The Afghans are so upset and depressed due to the ongoing tension as they are the ones who die, no matter whose fight it is. More than 450 civilians in Afghanistan have been killed in the first half of the year in the crossfire between militants and central forces whereas hundreds were killing in suicide attacks that were intended to target the common people of Afghanistan. The families whose homes are destroyed feel that there is no use to rebuild them as another attack destroys them again.
(With Inputs from AP)