Earlier this week, the White House refused to refer to the Taliban as a terrorist organization, insisting that they are an "armed insurgency."
This matters, because the labeling denotes the manner in which the Commander in Chief and the military will treat the Taliban. It also matters because the Taliban has been officially labeled a terrorist organization by the United States Federal Government since 2002.
Terrorism is defined by the Department of Defense as violence by non-governmental entities, usually against a civilian target. Insurgents, on the other hand, are armed rebels primarily resisting an occupying military force.
Last night, 3 American civilians were killed and another wounded in a Taliban attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
As USA Today reports, "more than 142 members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Taliban insurgents have been killed in so-called green-on-blue insider attacks by Afghan security forces."
The attacker in this case was a militant identified as "Hessanullha", who reportedly procured a uniform and infiltrated an Afghan military unit.