Chad Pergram and Brandon Smith: Muslim Radicalism Seeks to Unleash Mass Death and Destruction in Europe and Afghanistan

by Chad Pergram and Brandon Smith Fox News Contributors

As we learn today of another Taliban suicide bombing that ripped through a crowded refugee camp in northern Afghanistan killing scores of civilians, we learn that the United Nations has declared that Afghanistan is facing a humanitarian crisis.

“Kabul, Balkh, Herat, Faryab, Kandahar, Kunduz, Kunduz, Kapisa, Nasir, and Uruzgan provinces are among the most affected,” said the United Nations spokesman in Kabul, Fadi Ahmad Awad.

“According to our estimates as of October 27, 2017, around 637,430 IDPs [internally displaced persons] are in needs of protection and assistance. With a population of 26 million people, more than 8 percent of the country’s population is internally displaced,” he added.

Today, we learn that an air strike by U.S. special operations forces reportedly killed 30 civilians — children and women — and injured a number of others. The U.S. military is now investigating the bombing that occurred over the weekend in Nangarhar province, where the Taliban has a major presence.

The Afghan government has called the Taliban’s repeated attacks on civilians outrageous. Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani tweeted: “I am shocked and very angered that a hasty airstrike has occurred on a refugee camp in Nangarhar, killing and injuring dozens of innocent people.”

The situation in Afghanistan is bad. The Taliban has ratcheted up their war against government forces even as the NATO-led coalition prepares to pull out of the country.

The militant group controls or influences more territory than at any time since 2001, according to officials of the U.S. military command. As we explained on air yesterday, the fall of Kunduz was the consequence of a Taliban takeover.

On Monday, we learned that the Taliban is now driving a wedge between Afghan forces and the NATO troops they were trained and aided. The Taliban has targeted the only frontline outpost in the northern province of Balkh. The Taliban have ambushed the soldiers and kidnapped two American contractors working with a United Nations organization.

The Taliban’s goal is clear. To force the withdrawal of NATO troops that have been helping the Afghan government since 2001.

I was just there a few weeks ago for the observance of Eid-al-Fitr. According to Afghan officials, millions of Afghans took to the streets to celebrate the festival of Eid. In some provinces, police and election workers were being attacked by Taliban militants in preparation for the next elections in July.

The people of Afghanistan want to work, to get ahead, to prosper. They don’t want to be killed. They don’t want to watch their villages fall to the Taliban.

They want peace and they want to live in freedom and in dignity. They don’t want the Taliban to speak for them.

They’re just asking for the same things that the people of Iraq, Syria, the West, and the Obama administration in particular want for the people of Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan: to be able to live in freedom, to be able to prosper, to escape from tyranny, and to live in dignity.

They may have to wait a long time for peace and stability, but they do have hope.

Chad Pergram is a congressional correspondent for Fox News Channel. Follow him on Twitter @ChadPergram and Facebook.

Brandon Smith is a member of the Fox News Channel investigative team. Contact him via email at [email protected]

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