[Ed. – The situation in Afghanistan, six years on from Obama’s so-called “surge” (which was never actually a surge, but a retreat and refocusing of defensive efforts), is grim. In the last year, the Taliban have made up a lot of their losses from the 2001-2009 timeframe.]
Taliban militants stormed the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, ramming its outer wall with a truck bomb before battling security forces in an overnight attack that killed at least four people, officials said.
The explosion caused extensive damage to the building, a NATO spokesman said, but Germany indicated on Friday this would not deter it from continuing its work as part of the international mission in Afghanistan.
Triggered by a suicide bomber, the blast shattered windows as far as 5 km (3 miles) away, NATO said. A local doctor said it and the subsequent firefight also wounded 120 people. …
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said soldiers had had to battle hard to repel the heavily armed attackers.