Herat to Hambantota
There can always be a manipulative dragon breathing fire on a helpless tiger.
US President Donald Trump may seem to have had wavering thoughts regarding Afghanistan but the intensified violence there in recent times point to a far graver concern. The 16-year war in Afghanistan has kept the United States engaged for the longest time under three Presidents and four Presidential terms. Much like the characteristic eccentricity of President Trump, conveniently pulling out of Afghanistan will not only leave the state helpless in its ruins but also pose worse terror threats in a domino effect. The weakening hold of Taliban will be of no good if the vacuum from US withdrawal will be filled by Islamic State making deeper inroads in the war-ravaged country. The suicide bombing in a Shia mosque at prayer time in Herat in western Afghanistan last month (responsibility denied by Taliban) is only a glimpse of what the grim, ghastly picture might look like.