A suicide car bomber has launched a major attack in the Afghan capital city of Kabul today, killing at least 16 people and wounding 40 others. Among the slain are two US soldiers and four American contractors. Nine Afghan civilians and an interpreter were also killed.
Hezb-e Islami spokesman Haroon Zarghon claimed credit for the attack, saying it was carried out by a 24-year-old operative for their faction. The attack occurred during rush hour on a crowded highway, causing the large number of civilian dead and wounded.
Indeed, the blast was so large that some of the wounded weren’t in the streets at all but were injured by the concussion shattering windows in nearby homes. The Health Ministry said some of the slain civilians closer to the blast were so badly burnt they haven’t been identified.
The Hezb-e Islami group, whose origins go back to the resistance to the Soviet occupation, has become more aggressive again in recent months. The group’s founder, former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, remains its active leader. In addition to the paramilitary Hezb-e Islami that carried out today’s attack, Hekmatyar runs a parallel political faction of the same name, which remains active in Afghan politics.
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Not worth one more American death! Or Afghan death. Get our guys out NOW.
MORE poor duped troops—KILLED IN VAIN—BRING HOME ALL THE TROOPS-FROM ALL ILLEGAL OVERSEAS BASES-NOW
Obama's war-of-choice death toll surpasses Bush's……major media strangely silent.
I'm extremely disappointed in Obama also, but it is quite a stretch to say that his death toll surpasses that of GWB.
Hekmatyar was, of course, one of the dearly cherished freedom fighters of POTUS Ronald Reagan.
Bring them home. Our boys and girls should not be used as sacrificial lambs for political gain or to help defense contractor get rich. Everything we can do in Afghanistan is done it will not get better it will most likely get worse.
I think the Americans should leave! This conflict has gone on for too long and people are dying for reasons I'm sure they can't even remember!
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