U.S. election confusion and increasing terror attacks raise Afghanistan’s uncertainty to a new level. A new report says violence is up by 50-percent this quarter over last.
Under a proposed peace agreement made in February, U.S. troops will reduce to 5,000 by the end of this month. However, this exit hinges on the Taliban keeping its end of the deal, and increased attacks seem to indicate otherwise. Plus, U.S. follow-through could depend on which presidential candidate emerges as winner.
“Peace proposals come and go. It’s very difficult to negotiate with groups that have terrorist roots and are motivated by things other than peace,” Uncharted Ministries’ Tom Doyle says.
“Will this peace proposal work? We don’t know. But we pray that God intervenes, and there can be stability within this country.”
“The terrorists came as suicide attackers and killers, murdering many. One of them, wearing a type of security guard uniform and no face covering, opened our classroom door and looked us straight in the eyes, shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ before starting to shoot. Many of my friends are dead. I saw them lying on the floor when I tried to escape.”
“Afghanistan has been in war and battles for decades now. It’s heartbreaking because the people want peace,” Doyle observes.
Whether violence comes from the I.S. or Taliban, “terrorists want to rise through the chaos they create and say, ‘We’re the answer, we’re the solution. We can guard you; let us take control, and you’ll be safe’,” he says.
“That’s how they come into power; this is what happened with Hamas in Gaza.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray God gives His followers the strength they need to endure in Afghanistan.
- Commit to pray for Muslim-background believers on November 18th.
- Converts from Islam face strong pressure from their loved ones to recant their Christian faith. Pray for courage and protection for these believers who must live their faith in secret.
- Please pray for stability and peace. The small number of Christian converts in the country must remain in hiding. Increasing violence creates a general sense of insecurity, and there are no signs of improvement for the foreseeable future.