Afghanistan Audio Analysis: The Bombing of the Afghan Parliament


PHOTO: The scene inside the Afghan Parliament after Monday’s bombing

On Monday, I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Briefing to assess the significance of the Taliban’s suicide bombing and gun attacks on the Afghan Parliament.

What do the attacks say about the state of the fight against the Taliban, more than 13 years after they were overthrown by US-organized operations? And what do they say about the challenge of legitimacy facing the Kabul Government?

Listen from 5:15:

No matter how well-training a security force is, no matter how much effort you expend, chances are that dedicated bombers will get through at some point. So simply saying, “There has been a bombing, therefore security forces have failed” is simplistic.

The broader question is “How effective will forces be in trying to restore security not only in Kabul but in other parts of Afghanistan?” That question of security is tied into a wider issue which is one of political legitimacy. Unless you have a government which commands the support of the majority of the Afghan people, then you are always going to have this issue of security. And, until the last few months, we have not even had a government in place which has even been attempting to gather that legitimacy.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. The Yanki Goons ‘trained’ a brand new Afghan Army for over twelve years, sinking some $60 billion into developing a force which, nominally at least, is composed of several hundred thousand Afghan soldiers.

    This vast puppet pack has been ‘supported’ throughout by ‘elite’ Yanki Goon butchers who have carried out a bloody reign of terror against the civilian population that continues up to the present, murdering people 24/7 all over the country to suppress popular opposition to try and stabilise their licensed Kabul Quisling regime.

    Nonetheless, it is incapable of providing a minimal level of security even to the Parliament, in the centre of the capital city — those Taliban patriots who blasted it on Monday passed through several layers of security checkpoints to carry out the attack, all while driving a vehicle packed with explosives and bristling with firearms.

    Six months after the official Yanki Goon ‘withdrawal’ date, the Kabul Quislings tenuously cling to life solely due to the continued presence of some 12,500 Goon forces still occupying the country.

    As in Iraq the Goon project is a complete failure and in the process of liquidation but the arrogant fools, as usual, compulsively blame anyone else for their latest masterful fiasco.

      • The United States can’t make the Afghan Army work. As some once said “they have the form of a western army without any of the substance”. What is sure is that Islamists will took power again after the US leaves.

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