President Trump should end the fool’s errand in Afghanistan. The Islamic jihadis are not going to be definitively defeated; even if they’re pushed back, they will regroup and keep coming, because Islamic texts and teachings command them to do so. This doesn’t mean we should surrender. It means we should fight smarter. A Western-style republic is not going to be established. There is only going to be more bloodshed and waste until some President decides that is enough is enough, and withdraws. Mattis and the military should work on ways to ensure that jihad activity in Afghanistan is contained from outside the country.
“Gunmen attack Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel,” by Robert Gearty, Fox News, January 20, 2018:
Security forces battled a group of three or four gunmen who stormed the popular western-style Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul Saturday.
Details of the attack, including information on any casualties, were unclear but the attackers appeared to have included suicide bombers, Reuters reported, citing Afghan ministry spokesman Najib Danish for the information.
It was not immediately clear if there were any fatalities in the attack which took place around 9 p.m. local time.
Reuters reported that there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a long series to have hit Kabul.
U.S. officials in Kabul told Fox News the hotel was on fire. No other information was available.
Local media reported “insurgents” had entered the building and were holding people hostage. TOLONews reported heavy gunfire was ongoing.
An official at the Afghan spy agency told Agence France Presse that the attackers were “shooting at guests.”
A guest hiding in his room in the hotel told AFP he could hear gunfire.
“I don’t know if the attackers are inside the hotel but I can hear gunfire from somewhere near the first floor,” he said without giving his name. “We are hiding in our rooms. I beg the security forces to rescue us as soon as possible before they reach and kill us.”…