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  • US Service Member Among 9 Killed in Attack on Base in Kabul (Dozens killed in Kabul bombings)

    08/08/2015 7:46:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | Saturday, August 8, 2015 | Luis Martinez
    An American service member and eight Afghan civilian contractors were killed in a Taliban attack on Camp Integrity, a coalition base near Kabul’s airport, culminating a series of high-profile insurgent attacks in the Afghan capital that killed at least 50 people and injured hundreds more Friday. A suicide bomber at the base's entrance started the attack late Friday. It ended with a gun battle that raged for hours before the four attackers were killed. Several other coalition service members and civilians were also wounded in the attack. Officials haven't identified the U.S. service member killed in the attack. The coalition...
  • Scandalous Images from Kabul: Guards at US Embassy Organized Humiliating Sex Games [2009]

    07/18/2015 10:06:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 54 replies
    Spiegel Online, Der Spiegel ^ | Sep 4, 2009 | Britta Sandberg
    Some of the men involved claim they were forced to participate by their supervisors at the ArmorGroup security firm. The scandal could yet again call into question the role of private contractors in US military missions...They show naked men, employees of the security firm, whose genitals are only barely covered with a kind of black beer mat. The men are drinking, dancing naked around a fire, licking each others nipples and grabbing each others testicles. They perform sex acts, pour vodka down each others' naked backs and drink it from the buttocks. It now appears that some of the men...
  • Taliban attack Afghanistan parliament in Kabul

    06/22/2015 12:29:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6-22-2015 | BBC News
    The Taliban have carried out a co-ordinated attack on the Afghan parliament in the capital, Kabul, where heavy fighting is still going on. Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the building, before racing into parliament itself, reports say. Police are evacuating the premises, while trying to fight off the attackers.
  • White House to investigate leak of CIA chief’s name: ‘We’re trying to understand’

    05/29/2014 1:50:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/28/14 | Leslie Larson
    The White House will investigate how Obama's press team managed to accidentally leak the name of the CIA's Chief of Station in Kabul. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has deputized White House counsel Neil Eggleston to look into how the name of the top U.S. spy in Afghanistan ended up on Obama's itinerary for his weekend trip to Afghanistan, which was emailed to an estimated 6,000 members of the press. Eggleston will review what led to the disastrous mistake and make recommendations to prevent such a disclosure from happening again.
  • Breaking: U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Bracing for “Imminent Complex Attack”

    02/15/2015 8:01:18 PM PST · by george76 · 95 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | February 15, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    The State Department issued a little noticed statement on Saturday warning of an “imminent complex attack” on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, telling Americans to avoid the area around the embassy. “As of February 2015, militants are preparing an imminent complex attack against the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul City, Afghanistan, from a location near Massoud Circle. The U.S. Embassy is taking this threat seriously and advises American citizens to avoid the area.” Massoud Circle was the location of a deadly suicide bomb attack last September claimed by the Taliban. ... As the Kabul Embassy staff prepares for an...
  • Breaking: TALIBAN Claims Responsibility for Murder of Three US Contractors in Kabul

    01/29/2015 11:12:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/29/15 | Jim Hoft
    BREAKING: TALIBAN CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR MURDER OF THREE AMERICANS AT KABUL AIRPORT On Wednesday White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz argued that the Taliban is not a terrorist group, but instead an “armed insurgency.” On Thursday White House Spokesman Josh Earnest doubled-down on the idiocy. Earnest told reporters: “They have a different classification. They have a classification that does allow us to place financial concessions against them that have succeeded in limiting their capability. They’ve been effective. And that is different than an organization like Al-Qaeda that has much broader global aspiration to carry out acts of violence and...
  • US contractors 'killed in insider attack' in Kabul

    01/29/2015 12:07:07 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 1-29-2015 | Al Jezeera
    Three American contractors were killed in an apparent insider attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters news agency. "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to give statements to the media. "An investigation has been opened." The international force in Afghanistan also confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening. A rise in so-called "insider attacks" in Afghanistan has eroded trust between Afghan and international troops in the...
  • Trapped, then poisoned: Kabul's ruthless dog cull

    09/03/2014 3:57:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    Kabul - Cornered against a wall and with a steel hook pushed around his neck, the dog emits a savage howl in a desperate attempt to fight free, but poison will soon be forced into his mouth as Kabul's cull of strays claims another kill. About 17 600 dogs were poisoned last year by municipal workers in the Afghan capital in an effort to protect residents from disease and to control the rocketing population of canines that roam the city's streets and open ground. The method of killing is brutally effective. Teams of dog-catchers wearing orange suits use long steel...
  • US General Killed in Workplace Violence

    08/05/2014 11:44:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, there's a very upsetting story out of the Afghanistan war today. Headline: "United States Army Major General Killed by an Afghan Soldier -- A United States Army major general was shot and killed at close range on Tuesday by a man dressed as an Afghan soldier at a training academy on the outskirts of Kabul..." By the way, you might hear it pronounced "Kah-BOOL," but it isn't. It's "KAH-bull," K-a-b-u-l. "The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war. The coalition official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and...
  • U.S. general killed, 14 wounded in Afghan academy attack: officials (Update)

    08/05/2014 9:35:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/5/14 | HAMID SHALIZI AND JESSICA DONATI
    An Afghan soldier killed a U.S. general and wounded 14 coalition troops in a machinegun attack at a military training facility in Kabul, a top Western and senior Afghan official said on Tuesday. -snip- Seven other Americans and five British troops were among the wounded, according to the Afghan official. -snip- The gunman was using a light machinegun according to a U.S. official.
  • Afghan Candidate Escapes Assassination Attempt

    06/06/2014 10:35:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Arab News ^ | Friday 6 June 2014
    Two blasts struck a convoy carrying Afghan presidential hopeful Abdullah Abdullah after a campaign event Friday in Kabul, killing six civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed, officials said. The attack came just over a week before a runoff vote is to be held as Afghans choose a new leader to replace President Hamid Karzai. The Taleban have vowed to disrupt the balloting, although the first round on April 5 was relatively peaceful. Friday’s attack was the first to directly target one of the candidates in Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the violence started with a suicide bombing...
  • ‘Whoops!’ Did White House inadvertently publicly identify CIA station chief in Kabul?

    05/25/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan on Sunday. There is now buzz that the White House revealed the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul to a pool of reporters:
  • Afghan security guard shoots dead 3 American doctors at hospital

    04/24/2014 4:08:27 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/2014 | AP
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed Thursday that three American doctors were killed by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a Kabul hospital. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the city this year. Two others, including an American nurse, were wounded, according to Afghanistan's Health Ministry. "With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack at CURE Hospital," said a statement posted on the Embassy's Twitter page. "No other information will be released at this time." Afghanistan Minister...
  • Deadly Attack at Kabul Restaurant Hints at Changing Climate for Foreigners

    01/18/2014 4:09:18 PM PST · by robowombat · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 18, 2014 | By AZAM AHMED and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    KABUL, Afghanistan — As country director for the International Monetary Fund, Wabel Abdallah spent years navigating the shoals of scandal in Afghanistan’s financial sector. Vadim Nazarov, a top political officer at the United Nations, dedicated himself over the past nine years to looking for a peaceful solution to the Afghan war. Dhamender Singh Phangurha, a British candidate in the coming elections for the European Parliament, was here on a consulting contract. All three happened to be dining Friday at a popular Lebanese restaurant in downtown Kabul, where they were among 21 people killed in an attack for which the Taliban...
  • Kabul restaurant attack: three UN staff and local IMF head among 21 dead

    01/18/2014 4:05:25 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Saturday 18 January 2014 11.03 EST | Conal Urquhart, Emma Graham-Harrison
    Link to video: Kabul restaurant attack: UN reaction to Taliban strike Two Britons and two Americans were among at least 21 people killed when a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked one of Kabul's most popular restaurants. The head of the International Monetary Fund's Afghanistan office and three UN staff of the were also killed in the attack on Friday evening, along with the Lebanese restaurant owner, several Afghans, and two Canadians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the well protected district in Kabul where most foreign workers live and work. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the...
  • Deadly Taliban raid targets Kabul restaurant

    01/18/2014 4:01:59 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Al Jeezera ^ | Last updated: 18 Jan 2014 21:52
    At least 21 people, including foreigners, killed in suicide assault in heavily fortified district of Afghan capital. At least 21 people - 13 foreigners and eight Afghans - were killed in an apparent Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in a heavily fortified area of Kabul. The assailants targeted Taverna du Liban, a Lebanese restaurant popular with expatriates and diplomats, in a neighbourhood of Kabul where many embassy buildings and offices of non-governmental organisations are located. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, strongly condemned Friday's attack through his spokesman, who said: "Such targeted attacks against civilians are completely...
  • IMF, UN officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

    01/18/2014 3:58:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    (Reuters) ^ | Jan 18, 2014 | Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni
    Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack Reuters IMF representative killed in Kabul, Fund says Reuters 'No possible justification' for Kabul restaurant attack: US AFP [$$] Kabul Bombing Targets Foreigners The Wall Street Journal UN staff, US academic among 21 dead in Kabul attac - A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 21 people including three United Nations staff and the International Monetary Fund's top representative in Afghanistan. Gunmen burst into the Lebanese restaurant spraying diners with bullets after the bomber blew himself...
  • 14 killed -- including 4 U.N. staffers, IMF official -- in attack at Kabul restaurant

    01/17/2014 7:31:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 17 Jaunary 2014 | Masoud Popalzai and Greg Botelho,
    At least 14 people -- including four U.N. personnel, an International Monetary Fund representative and a British contractor -- were killed Friday in a suicide bombing and shootout at a restaurant in the center of Kabul, authorities said. The suicide attacker's bomb exploded at the restaurant's gate about 7:30 p.m. Two armed men then entered the restaurant and started shooting, Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Mohammed Ayoub Salangi said. Afghan security forces killed the gunmen during a shootout, according to Salangi.
  • US embassy in Kabul attacked on Christmas Day

    12/25/2013 2:41:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2013 4:39 AM EST | Amir Shah
    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says its compound was hit by indirect fire just before dawn on Christmas Day. It says no Americans were injured. […] The Taliban claimed they fired four rockets at the embassy on Wednesday and inflicted heavy casualties. But the insurgents often exaggerate their claims. …
  • Betting big on a citadel for the Afghan elite

    12/11/2013 8:36:35 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 11, 2013 | David Zucchino
    If Mohammed Ibrahim Caravan smells fear about Afghanistan's future, he doesn't show it. He strolls around like a country squire in the glittering new gated community he helped build, dressed in a spotless white shalwar kameez tunic, stylish shades and polished wingtips. "Worried?" the 28-year-old asked. "Hah — not me. I'm confident in the future. If you don't invest in your own country, who will?" Caravan's company is plunging $160 million into the family-run Saleem Caravan City, with its rows of salmon-colored villas with balconies and rose gardens, like some ersatz Miami Beach condo community. He's moved his family into...
  • Life Among the Barbarians

    09/22/2013 5:44:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9-22-13 | John Hinderaker
    Phyllis Chesler is a psychologist and academic whose writings we have quoted from time to time over the years. Ms. Chesler has always had a rather skeptical attitude toward Islam, in particular with regard to its treatment of women. Now we know why: Chesler has published a new book titled An American Bride In Kabul. You can read an excerpt from An American Bride in the New York Post. Chesler’s horrifying story begins in 1959 when, as an 18-year-old college student, she meets and falls in love with an older, wealthy and cosmopolitan Afghan man. Two years later, they agree...
  • When Duke Ellington played Kabul

    09/22/2013 11:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 September 2013 | Monica Whitlock
    Fifty years ago this week, Duke Ellington and his band played in a concert he later called one of the most memorable of his life. The performance was in Kabul, in Afghanistan, and even though Ellington was at the height of his fame, almost all traces of it have been lost. For the organiser, Faiz Khairzada, and hundreds of Afghans in the audience, the concert was a high point of the early 1960s. "It was very exciting for me to have him in Kabul," says Khairzada, then head of Afghanistan's cultural affairs organisation. It was he who met Ellington at...
  • Crisis in Kabul: Security at U.S. Embassy in disarray, diplomats at risk

    07/26/2013 11:50:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2013 | Sara Carter
    In wake of Benghazi attack, internal probe finds Afghanistan posts vulnerable. U.S. diplomatic facilities in Afghanistan have serious security lapses that pose “unnecessary risk to staff,” including poor emergency preparedness and inadequate protections that might allow classified materials to fall into the hands of attacking enemies, according to an internal report that raises fresh questions about the State Department’s commitment to safety in the aftermath of the Benghazi tragedy. The confidential State Department inspector general’s report, obtained by The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act, directly criticizes the department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security for failing to perform a...
  • Gunmen Attack Afghan Presidential Palace - Reuters Witnesses

    06/24/2013 7:54:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    SNIP A Reuters reporter at the palace said the attack began soon after 6.30 a.m. (0200 GMT) on the building's east gate. Reporters were gathering for a press event with President Hamid Karzai. SNIP
  • Explosions Hit NATO Headquarters at Kabul Airport

    06/09/2013 6:29:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 135 replies
    CBS News ^ | (Monday) June 10, 2013
    KABUL, Afghanistan Large explosions are being heard coming from the military side of Kabul international airport, which houses a NATO headquarters. The explosions began about 4:30 a.m. Monday from the direction of the military headquarters.
  • Kabul suicide bombing of NATO convoy kills 15

    05/16/2013 8:16:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    abc.net.eu ^ | 5/16/13 | AFP
    A suicide car bomb targeted a foreign military convoy in Kabul on Thursday, killing 15 people including five Americans in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for nearly a year. The powerful explosion, which struck at 8:00am (local time) in the Shah Shaheed south-eastern residential district, also injured about 40 passers-by including many children going to school, officials said. Nine Afghans including two children died, along with two US soldiers and four NATO-contracted civilians who were travelling through the city's busy rush-hour traffic. A Western military source in Kabul said the two soldiers and three of the contractors were...
  • UN whistleblower asks US to withhold UN payments

    04/08/2013 2:36:39 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-8-2013 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.N. whistleblower who won his case but received only 2 percent of the $2.2 million he sought in damages and costs is asking the U.S. government to withhold 15 percent of its payments to the United Nations. James Wasserstrom alleged corruption involving senior officials in the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Kosovo in 2007. He is now an anti-corruption adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Wasserstrom told a news conference Monday that he was sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and key lawmakers asking that they implement a federal law requiring...
  • The Bank Bust That Nearly Took Down Afghanistan

    12/27/2012 2:48:48 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    TIME ^ | 30 November 2012 | John Wendle
    ... new details about how a small group of men profited from fraudulent loans. It called out local authorities for succumbing to political pressure and the international community for not doing enough to stave off the catastrophe which led to a near-complete meltdown of Afghanistan’s banking system in 2010. The report, partly compiled from the results of a nine-month-long audit conducted by Kroll, a global investigations firm, said that the crisis was brought on by a well-hidden Ponzi scheme. More than 92% of the bank’s loan book, or $861 million, was extended to 19 related individuals and businesses, which ultimately...
  • Audit Says Kabul Bank Began as ‘Ponzi Scheme’

    11/28/2012 6:32:40 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Matthew Rosenburg
    Kabul Bank became Afghanistan’s largest financial institution by offering the promise of modern banking to people who had never had a saving or checking account. What it really dealt in was modern theft: “From its very beginning,” according to a confidential forensic audit of Kabul Bank, “the bank was a well-concealed Ponzi scheme.” Afghan and American officials had for years promoted Kabul Bank as a prime example of how Western-style banking was transforming a war-ravaged economy. But the audit, prepared this year for Afghanistan’s central bank by the Kroll investigative firm, gives new details of how the bank instead was...
  • ISAF Provides More Details on Camp Bastion Attack (15 Taliban Infiltrated in U.S. Army Uniforms)

    09/15/2012 7:09:15 PM PDT · by kristinn · 63 replies
    Department of Defense ^ | Saturday, September 15, 2012
    From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2012 – International Security Assistance Force officials are providing additional details about the Sept. 14 attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in which two coalition service members were killed when insurgents attacked the base’s airfield. Because it is still early in the investigation of this attack, information is subject to change as new details become available, officials said. The attack commenced just after 10 p.m., officials said, when approximately 15 insurgents executed a well-coordinated attack against the airfield on Camp Bastion. The insurgents, organized...
  • Home

    11/16/2001 1:21:42 PM PST · by AndrewSshi · 10 replies · 626+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 15, 2001 | Elizabeth Rubin
    "Hurry hurry hurry. We can destroy the enemy. Advance." "Hit hit hit the Taliban." "Hit him hit him hit him. Fire, fire." "We're arriving in Khalakhan." "Take care about the troops." "The Taliban are surrendering." "Bring them to me." "One hundred of them are coming to you." "El Ham captured a pickup with their weapons." These were the voices on the radio of the Northern Alliance commanders we have been visiting for weeks. Several other journalists and I were standing with some Afghan soldiers on the roof of a command post--a mud house with a tank's turret and gun jutting ...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • U.S. confirms attacks by Pakistani military units

    10/03/2011 5:20:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/02/11 8:05 PM | Sara A. Carter
    A Pakistani protester shout slogans at an anti-American rally to condemn the U.S. for accusing the country's most powerful intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against American targets in Afghanistan, in Multan, Pakistan, Friday, Sept 23, 2011. The top U.S. military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, accused the Haqqani network Thursday of staging an attack against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. He claimed the Pakistani spy agency, the ISI, helped the group carry out the two attacks. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Pakistani military units fired shots at American and Afghan government troops along the Afghanistan border several times over the past...
  • Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff's Plane Hit By Taliban Rocket Attack

    08/21/2012 2:52:21 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 21, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan: Though there's been a bit of damage to the C-17 regularly used by General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff -who was thankfully off sleeping in his quarters at the time of today's pre-dawn, two-rocket volley- was not hurt. No fatalities reported either, but two ground crew were injured and -of course- the Taliban are suspected, who else.Periodic shelling of Bagram -which is situated north of Kabul- has been known to occur, though it is rare for them to hit anything of value. But General Dempsey was in town for a pow-wow...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth

    07/10/2012 4:41:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    NASA ^ | July 10, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious -- few people are able to watch the above video without...
  • Woman's Execution Over Adultery 'un-Islamic and Inhuman'

    07/08/2012 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The National ^ | Jul 9, 2012
    A video showing the public execution of a 22-year-old woman accused of adultery in Afghanistan has been condemned by the government as un-Islamic and inhuman. The video shows her being shot repeatedly in the back in front of a crowd of men in Qol village in Parwan province just north of the capital Kabul. The woman, named as Najiba, was married to a member of a Taliban militant group and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander, said Roshna Khalid, a Parwan provincial spokeswoman, yesterday. "Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death....
  • Taliban kill 7 in Afghan capital after Obama visit

    05/02/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2/5/12 | Amir Shah & Chris Blake
    President Barack Obama left Afghanistan on Wednesday, targeting a foreigners' housing compound with a suicide car bomb and militants disguised as women in an assault that killed at least seven people. It was the second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks and highlighted the Taliban's continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even when security had been tightened for Obama's visit and Wednesday's anniversary of the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan. Obama arrived at Bagram Air Field late Tuesday, then traveled to Kabul by helicopter for a meeting with President...
  • Taliban Blasts Kabul Hours After Obama Visit

    05/02/2012 6:57:19 AM PDT · by TopDeadCenter · 6 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Associated Press
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber and Taliban militants disguised in burqas attacked a compound housing hundreds of foreigners in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing seven people, officials and witnesses said. The Taliban said the attack was a response to President Barack Obama's surprise visit just hours earlier. At least 17 people were also wounded in the assault, most of them Afghan children on their way to school, the Interior Ministry said. The second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks, the attack highlights the Taliban's continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even...
  • Obama Visits Afghanistan, Will Make Televised Address Tuesday Evening [Free Campaign Commercial]

    05/01/2012 1:26:29 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/1/12 | George E. Condon Jr.
    President Obama has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, on a surprise trip to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan. He will address the nation at 7:30 p.m. EDT from Bagram Air Base on Tuesday evening. In going to Afghanistan on the ninth anniversary of the most notorious example of premature presidential gloating, Obama risks turning the high point of his presidency into a political weapon for his enemies. But it will be how the president conducts himself while in the war zone that will determine if this trip is lumped in with George W. Bush's donning of a flight suit and...
  • Obama pays unannounced visit to Afghanistan

    05/01/2012 10:54:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    xinhuanet.com ^ | May 1, 2012
    KABUL, May 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday for an unannounced visit, Afghan officials said. During his trip here, the U.S. president is expected to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan, unnamed Afghan government officials were quoted as saying by local TV channels.
  • Taliban Launches Largest Attack On Kabul In 11 Years [Has Obama Lost Afghanistan?]

    04/15/2012 6:46:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | April 15, 2012
    Taliban Launches Largest Attack On Kabul In 11 Years Government areas in Kabul and several other key locations in Afghanistan rocked by gunfire and explosions Jon Boone Emma Graham Harrison in Kabul 15 April 2012 10.44 EDT In a brazen demonstration of its ability to hit some of the best defended targets in Kabul, the Taliban mounted its largest ever co-ordinated attack in 11 years of resistance to Afghanistan's post-2001 rulers. Dozens of fighters launched gun, rocket and suicide attacks on embassies, Nato bases, parliament and government buildings in the capital, as well as Nato targets in three eastern provinces,...
  • Multiple Attacks On Kabul, Taliban Claims "Spring Offensive"

    04/15/2012 6:46:22 AM PDT · by edpc · 13 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 15 April 2012 | Amie Ferris-Rotman and Rob Taylor
    KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, one of the most serious on the capital since U.S.-backed Afghan forces removed the group from power in 2001.
  • Taliban Strike Afghan Capital and Provinces

    04/15/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    The Taliban staged multiple and sustained attacks across Kabul and eastern Afghanistan on Sunday hitting the heavily secured diplomatic neighborhood of Kabul and the Parliament area as well as Afghan government installations in at least two provinces. A NATO spokesman confirmed multiple attacks had occurred across Kabul, potentially in as many as seven locations.
  • Large Scale Attack on Afghan Parlament

    04/15/2012 3:28:04 AM PDT · by An.American.Expatriate · 32 replies
    20 Minuten ^ | 15.04.2012 | self
    According to 20 Minuten (Swiss), there is a large scal attack underway against the Parlament buildings in Kabul. The Russian Embassy has reportedly taken rocket hits. Headline only .....
  • Afghan Officer Fires on NATO Troops, Kills 9

    04/27/2011 5:13:56 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 55 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Eight NATO service members and a contractor are dead after an Afghan military pilot opened fire on the foreign troops following a dispute at the airport in Kabul. Wednesday's shooting was the deadliest incident in which a member of the Afghan security forces turned against coalition forces.
  • Official: 13 U.S. Troops Killed In Afghan Bombing

    10/29/2011 6:38:28 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 21 replies
    indychannel ^ | 10.29.11
    KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- At least 13 U.S. troops were killed in Kabul on Saturday when a suicide bomber struck a vehicle in a military convoy, a U.S. military official said. The official emphasized these are first reports of the incident and details are continuing to unfold. The attack severely damaged one of its vehicles, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. There were Afghan and international casualties, but the exact numbers are unavailable, said Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt, a spokesman for ISAF.Hasmat Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul's police chief, said two students, a civilian on a motorbike and...
  • Kabul: Streets with no names

    09/30/2011 2:15:55 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 18 replies
    BBC Persian ^ | September 29th 2011 | Tahir Qadiry
    There are few formal street names or house numbers in Kabul - so just how does a postman deliver the mail? For the postmen of Kabul, navigating the maze of the city is a daunting task. It is a city of more than four million people and one in which hundreds of homes and streets are being developed every year. There are few street names and house numbers, and the Central Post Office has yet to introduce a full postal code system. There is often little information to work with So how does a letter find its way to the...
  • Gunfire, Possible Explosion at Kabul Building Believed to House CIA

    09/25/2011 11:57:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Gunfire, Possible Explosion at Kabul Building Believed to House CIA Gunfire and a possible explosion Sunday night rattled the building believed to house the CIA office in Kabul. It wasn’t clear if the incident took place inside the building or just outside the entrance. At least one helicopter has landed outside the building, according to local journalists. The building is in the single most secure part of Kabul and used to be known as the Arianna Hotel until 2002, when it was believed to have been taken over by the CIA. It is just a few feet from one of...
  • Taliban attacks Afghan capital, U.S. Embassy

    09/13/2011 3:01:25 AM PDT · by xjcsa · 72 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 13, 2011
    A complicated attack involving multiple gunmen and apparent suicide bombers was underway in the heart of the Afghan capital Tuesday morning, and it appeared to be focused near the U.S. Embassy. CBS News staff in Kabul reported hearing heavy gunfire and at least seven explosions, some of them large. The situation was described as "chaotic", and it remained unclear how many people were wounded. A Taliban spokesman claimed there were several militants inside at least one building near the embassy district in Kabul, and that the targets of the attack were Afghan government ministries and the intelligence services. The Taliban's...
  • Rockets fired at US embassy

    09/13/2011 3:57:37 AM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies
    Wavy10 News ^ | 9/13/2011 | AMIR SHAH and RAHIM FAIEZ
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Insurgents fired rockets and assault rifles in the direction of the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other official buildings Tuesday as gunfire and explosions rocked the heart of the Afghan capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The surge of violence was a stark reminder of the instability that continues to plague Afghanistan nearly a decade after the U.S. invasion that ousted the Taliban in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States. Police said the gunmen were firing from a tall office building that is under construction at Kabul's Abdul...