Afghani troop 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Ramadan begins in Afghanistan.
As muslims across Afghanistan mark the fasting month of
Ramadan, the question was whether it would signal a break for the
Not so far says Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson in Kabul , who was made available to Reuters by the Pentagon.
Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson said, "We are just observing the situation whether Ramadan
has any impact on the behavior of the insurgency. We are just prepared
for any activities that the insurgency might take over the coming weeks,
but at the moment there are any indicators of any change of pattern."
On the second day of Ramadan, three suicide bombers attack a guesthouse used by foreigners in the northern province of Kunduz.
The once peaceful north of the country has seen a
series of high profile attacks and assassinations over the last year,
including the killing of a top police commander in May.
One attacker detonated a car bomb at the gates of the
guesthouse. The other two stormed the building where they fought Afghan
forces for a couple of hours before detonating their explosives,
More violence erupts in Kunduz Thursday.
A car bomb kills an intelligence official wounds three children.
Violence has intensified in the north as insurgents
seek to demonstrate their reach beyond their traditional southern
heartland around Kandahar city.
Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson said, "These are attacks like they happen all over
Afghanistan. This is a country at war and we have to be prepared that
the insurgents are striking wherever they have a chance."
Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since
US-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban government in late 2001,
with high levels of foreign troop deaths, and record civilian