Why did Britain invade Afghanistan

politics : Eight dead in a Taliban attack in Kabul

Kabul - At least eight people were killed in an attack on the British cultural center in Kabul on Friday. 16 more were injured, according to official information, when several assassins attacked the British Council in the Afghan capital and fought for hours with security forces. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the 92nd anniversary of Afghanistan's independence from Great Britain.

The British Council is partly funded by the government in London. Among other things, he organizes student exchanges and cultural events around the world. In Afghanistan, the cultural center says it mainly offers English courses.

A first attacker blew himself up in a car in front of the British Council early that morning. Three to four other assassins got into the building. The Afghan interior ministry said that the battle was only over after more than nine hours. According to the British ambassador in Kabul, William Patey, all of the attackers were killed. The British were not killed or injured in the attack, said the Foreign Office in London. Most of the fatalities were police officers, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Siddik Siddiki said. But "one or two" foreigners also died. Siddiki did not comment on her nationality. According to information from Afghan government circles, they were Nepalese. British facilities in Kabul are often guarded by former soldiers of the Gurkha elite force that London traditionally recruits from Nepal. Ambassador Patey said Nepalese security guards were injured but not killed.

The Afghan security forces were assisted in the battle by British, French and US soldiers. By the end of 2014, the Afghans are to gradually take over the entire security responsibility. Kabul is already under their control. But there are always attacks, like the last one at the end of June on a luxury hotel with 21 dead.

The Taliban deliberately attacked the British Council on the anniversary of independence from Great Britain, which Afghanistan gained on August 19, 1919, as its spokesman Sabihullah Mujahid said: "The British have invaded our country again and they will recognize our independence again." Great Britain is the ISAF's second largest provider of troops after the USA. 9,500 British soldiers are currently deployed in the Hindu Kush.

Pakistan was hit again by an attack. In the middle of the fasting month of Ramadan, a suicide bomber killed at least 43 people in a mosque in the northwest. According to the authorities, 117 people were injured when the assassin blew himself up in the village of Jamrud immediately after Friday prayers. It was the worst attack in Pakistan in three months. Jamrud is located in the Khyber tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, 25 kilometers southwest of Peshawar. The radical Islamic Taliban and the Al Qaeda terrorist network are fighting the Pakistani army in the region. AFP

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