Taliban Again Tell Trump to Pull Out of Afghanistan or Face 'Incurable Wound'
Two days after Election Day, a suicide bomber hit the exterior of the German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in what the Taliban said was a revenge attack on the United States.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul then warned U.S. citizens about "a possible pending attack targeting foreigners at the Serena Hotel and a guest house located in PD-10 Kabul City” that could “be carried out by multiple suicide bombers at each location.” The luxury Serena Hotel has previously been attacked by the Taliban, including a 2014 mass shooting at the hotel's restaurant.
And then four days after the election, four Americans were killed in a suicide bombing at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan that the Taliban said they had been planning for four months.
Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, told reporters last week that the bomber was "a local national contractor."
"Right off the bat, as soon as that incident occurred, we undertook a complete review of our force protection measures around the country, especially in terms of local national contract employees," Nicholson said. "...So, we are re-vetting and rescreening all those individuals before they are able to resume their positions, and reviewing all of our procedures. So, there's nothing more important to us than force protection."