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Thursday, 31 December 2009
Bomber Who Hit U.S. Base Wore Afghan Uniform
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We're finally starting to see questions being asked about these gunman/bombers in uniform who seem to attack our troops with remarkable regularity. The Muslim world-view, however, is not discussed. Rather, the Afghan "National" army  is described as possibly "infiltrated by insurgents." These attacks are never described simply as Muslims awakening to their duty as Muslims, which is how they see it. This is from the NYTimes:

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest and an Afghan National Army uniform killed at least eight Americans, most of them C.I.A. officers, at a remote base in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to NATO officials and former American intelligence officials.

The bomber who struck the base in Khost Province was wearing an Afghan National Army uniform, said two NATO sources on Thursday. Both of them asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.

The use of an official army uniform could mean any one of three things: that the raid was carried out by the Taliban and the bomber was using a stolen uniform; that he was an army officer assigned to the base who had snapped; or that the Afghan National Army ranks are infiltrated by insurgents. The third possibility would be the most serious concern because it indicates a potentially more pervasive problem.

The attack happened close to dusk, when some people on the base were finishing their daily work and relaxing or taking a break before dinner before returning to their offices for the evening.

The attack at the C.I.A. base, Forward Operating Base Chapman, in Khost Province appeared to be the single deadliest episode for the spy agency in the eight years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It also dealt a significant blow to the often insular, tight-knit organization, which has lost only 90 officers in the line of duty since its founding in 1947.

One former C.I.A. official said that eight agency employees had been killed but cautioned that early reports from the field were often incorrect. The official, who spoke anonymously because the agency had not commented publicly on the attack, said the final number of dead could be higher because at least six American civilians were wounded. It was unclear how many of the dead were full-time officers and how many were contract employees...

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Posted on 12/31/2009 10:17 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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