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December 31, 2009
CIA employees killed in Afghanistan suicide bomb attack

Yesterday, a suicide bombing at a U.S. base in Afghanistan killed eight Americans, seven of whom were CIA employees.

Today, a spokesperson for the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a Taliban bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform — and a suicide vest — entered the base last night and blew himself up.

Jeff Stein, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and author of the blog “Spy Talk,” joins Martin Savidge from Washington D.C. to discuss the CIA’s role in Afghanistan.

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#10

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#9

[…] the action is, as it has in places like Korea and Vietnam, since 1950. On New Year’s Eve I discussed CIA operations in Afghanistan with PBS WorldFocus host Martin Savidge. Watch it […]

#8

This is a very sad turn of events for our eye’s on the ground(the loss of these great american’s in constant harms-way)in Afghanistan,period. But,…as the prior #6 post stated,the real threat of “QST” is in Quetta,Baluchistan [Baluchistan W. Pak.(27-45N lat./66-58E long.)],and more so strategically located in the port city of Gwadar(an old Arabian seaport built by the Chinese)where the “Land-Whales” are focusing their attention. It is the “Node-of-Node’s” for the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI)Pipeline. The “Black,and Blue Gas(LNG)-Opec) Gold,Rush” of the wild,wild east! The game-players high? Ironically,…just recently the World Bank,and Washington (yes,the same World Bank that wants to manage the Global Warming Funds)want to take over Baluchistan,and (NWFP) North-west Frontier Province in which the two Pakistanian provinces will come under a trust fund where Pakistan will “Cede Financial Control”,nice work if you can get it? My question is,… what cause/effect will this have on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI)Pipeline other than give the Iranian’s the thumbs-down?

#7

Rules while fighting in a hostal country is that the enemy can be anyone. To many people in a room. Did not check your source out. Did not check the person. The person was not profiled, since he might of had no choice but to kill. I wonder if the CIA will take out this soldier family. The Russians would and did when they were in Afghanistan.

#6

As General McChrystal reported in his August, 2009 assessment to the President:
1. Most insurgent fighters in Afghanistan are directed by a small number of Afghan senior leaders based in Pakistan that work through an alternative political infrastructure in Afghanistan.
2. The Quetta Shura Taliban (QST) based in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, is the No. 1 threat to US/NATO mission in Afghanistan. At the operational level, the Quetta Shura conducts a formal campaign review each winter, after which Mullah Mohammed Omar (Afghan Taliban Chief) announces his guidance and intent for the coming year.
3. Afghanistan’s insurgency is clearly supported from Pakistan. Senior leaders of the major Afghan insurgent groups (QST, HQN and HiG) are based in Pakistan, are linked with al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups, and are reportedly aided by some elements of Pakistan’s lSI. Al Qaeda and associated movements (AQAM) based in Pakistan channel foreign fighters, suicide bombers, and technical assistance into Afghanistan, and offer ideological motivation, training, and financial support.

But American governmental as well as news media apologists for Pakistani governments excuse Pakistan for sheltering, supporting and protecting these Afghan Taliban groups on the ground that poor Pakistani governments have been and are doing so to counterbalance so-called increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan!

So for these American governmental and news media apologists of Pakistan’s democratic as well as military governments, death of US/NATO soldiers in Afghanistan at the hands of Pakistan-supported Afghan Taliban groups is understandable even if painful!

The most ironic and sheer hypocritical part of this continuing US tragedy in Afghanistan at the hands of Pakistan-supported Afghan Taliban groups is that these same American governmental and news media officials continuously point to dangers of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists if Pakistan-supported Afghan Taliban groups win their terror campaign!

No wonder Obama’s billions are going to go down the drain same way that Bush’s billions did in that ‘terror center of the world’ called Pakistan.

#5

[…] the action is, as it has in places like Korea and Vietnam, since 1950. On New Year’s Eve I discussed CIA operations in Afghanistan with PBS WorldFocus host Martin Savidge. Watch it […]

#4

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#3

[…] the action is, as it has in places like Korea and Vietnam, since 1950. On New Year’s Eve I discussed CIA operations in Afghanistan with PBS WorldFocus host Martin Savidge. Watch it […]

#2

It is unfortunate that something like this happened and may God grant the families of those who died the courage to bear the loss.
This incident raises crucial questions about how much America can trust this people ;(including Pakistan), and if it really worth sacrificing American blood in order to stabilize Afghanistan.
You can only give gold to those who will appreciate the value- not to swine. The only sympathy I have for Afghan people is the abuse of women and young girls which I also think America is trying to help them to realise by introducing better government, respect for human right and freedom. But unfortunately the Taliban have turn this to a religious war . They do not accept change in government which happen because of their stupidity insead they label America as invader. Its up to Afghan people to rise up to the challenge they are facing by cooperating with America Or like the President (Barak Obama) said,America should pull out completely.
This is not a war that needs to be tagged win or loose. Because terrorist are all over the world.
America should fortify all his boaders and work closely with other counries to ensure strict screening of whoever want to enter this country before they board the plane- it should be a standard.

#1

Why arent we getting the whole story.First they say civilians in E afghanistan killed by taliban dressed like soldier.Truth be CIA was killed by decorated afghan army soldier.

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