Americans and Canadians – Murdered in Latest Taliban Terrorist Attacks   Leave a comment

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From the Daily Mail:

A suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees after being invited onto a U.S. base without being searched.

Among the victims was the female head of the CIA operation in the Khost province of Afghanistan.

A former senior intelligence official said the bomber was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp.

Meanwhile four Canadian troops and a recently-engaged journalist on her first war assignment died in a separate attack.

U.S. officials said the dead Americans were CIA employees but declined to comment on the attacker’s nationality or status.

The explosion casts a long shadow over Western plans to bolster the Afghan army and police, in order to eventually hand over security and bring their own troops home.

If an Afghan army official turned on the foreign troops and officials who are meant to be mentoring and partnering them, after a series of similar incidents this year, it will raise tough questions about trust and loyalty.

If he was not an Afghan soldier visiting or stationed on Forward Operating Base Chapman, then U.S. concerns about security controls will be even more grave, after a year that has been the deadliest of the eight-year war for foreign troops.

The CIA has also been expanding its presence in the country, stepping up strikes against Taliban and al Qaeda militants along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, although its role has been criticised by rights groups and Afghans.
The site of the suicide attack is near the Pakistan border, in one of the areas where the Taliban insurgency is strongest. Security in the region was stepped up on Thursday.

Asked how the attacker launched the assault in a foreign military base, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid replied: ‘Since the man was an officer, he had not much difficulties.’

The four Canadian soldiers and Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang were killed when their armoured vehicle was hit by a bomb near the southern city of Kandahar.

The recently-engaged Miss Lang was on her first assignment in Afghanistan.

Eight CIA agents were killed in a separate attack, during a suicide bombing at a military base in south-eastern Afghanistan.

The explosion was at a military base in Khost province, near the border with Pakistan.

‘We can confirm that there was an explosion in Khost province and eight Americans have been killed,’ said a U.S. official in Kabul.

Several others, none of them U.S. or Nato troops, were wounded in the explosion at Forward Operating Base Chapman, defence officials said.

The CIA has been expanding its presence in Afghanistan in a bid to stem Taliban gains.

U.S. officials said they could not provide details pending notification of the agents’ families.

Miss Lang, 34, had only arrived on December 11 for her first assignment in Afghanistan.

‘The soldiers were conducting a community security patrol in order to gather information on the pattern of life and maintain security in the area,’ Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard, commander of coalition forces in Kandahar, said.

Miss Lang’s colleagues were devastated by the news of the award-winning reporter’s death. She was recently engaged to be married.

‘She was one of those journalists who always wanted to get to the bottom of every story so this was an important trip for her,’ said colleague Colette Derworiz.

The attack was the second in Kandahar in a week. On December 24, eight people including a child were killed when a man detonated a horse-drawn cart laden with explosives outside a guest house frequented by foreigners.

Attacks in Afghanistan this year have spiralled to their highest levels since the Taliban was overthrown by U.S. and British-led forces in late 2001.

In October the Taliban demonstrated its reach by targeting United Nations employees at a guest house in Kabul, killing five and wounding several others….

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Posted 1 January 2010 by chrismmm in Uncategorized

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