The overall situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating

The overall security context in Afghanistan is not statistically worse than it was before, but the sophistication of operations and the choice of targets by local militant groups are worrying.

After the attack on the headquarters of Afghan intelligence services (NDS) in southeastern Kabul on March 1, 2017, the attack on the Afghan military hospital in Kabul on March 8, 2017 confirmed the complexity of the tactical environment and the forces involved. If the attack on March 1 was claimed by the Taliban, that of March 8 was claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

According to Cyceon’s correspondent who was just a few steps away from the last attack, ISIS operatives conducted a sophisticated commando operation sending a suicide man first with a view to opening the way for three others disguised as medics, each of whom went to a separate floor inside the building to maximize the number of victims.

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