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Suicide/truck bomb at base in Afghanistan kills/injures over 100

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Blitz, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    Sorry if this is a DB...my brother and nephew are over amid all the chaos with U.S. guard units.

    We need to get out of these shitty wars are as soon as possible.
    No lasting change will be made in either place.
    These native people either insist on living like animals or refuse to take ownership of their country.

    God bless our troops, too, who've performed bravely and admirably.

  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Re: Suicide/truck bomb at base in Afghanistan kills/injures 77

    According to your link, 77 US troops injured, 2-3 Afghan civilians killed and 25 more injured. All 77 servicepeople are expected to return to duties "shortly."

    So pretty much nothing was right in your headline.
  3. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    Re: Suicide/truck bomb at base in Afghanistan kills/injures 77

    I changed the topic title about 10 seconds after I posted it.
    Get what you want out of the story, IJAG
    Topic was posted to proclaim my desire for U.S. to get the hell out of Afghanistan

    But for my own clarity, what's wrong with the heder
    Why don't you post an opinion on the status over there instead your usual ticky shit
  4. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    Re: Suicide/truck bomb at base in Afghanistan kills/injures 77

    Also, an interesting article was in TIME this past week or so on one of the fallen Afghan "leaders" and his possible impact on the 10-year war had he lived.

    Here's a link to a site (MOBY) I get updates from, with daily roundup of war news, etc.
    It's a good site and here's the two latest links they sent.



    By Aryn Baker
    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Ten years ago today, the assassination of a militia leader holed up in the north-east corner of Afghanistan garnered little international attention, except perhaps for the Hollywood-worthy way in which he was killed: two suicide terrorists, posing as Belgian documentary journalists, detonated their explosives-packed video camera just as the interview started. It was only in the light of the subsequent terror attacks on the United States two days later that the assassination of Ahmed Shah Massoud ceased to be seen as a random event and was instead linked indelibly to the larger plot. Evidence linking the attack to al-Qaeda is circumstantial (one of the attackers' widow, Belgian Malika el Aroud, was an active propagandist for al-Qaeda in Europe before her arrest in 2008), though it seems likely that the attack was planned by Osama bin Laden, either in anticipation of a retaliatory attack on the Taliban regime by the US, or as a favor to his Afghan host, Mullah Omar. Massoud, a celebrated Mujahidin leader from the anti-Soviet resistance, had been waging a war against Taliban forces for nearly five years.

    A French-speaking poet-warrior, known as much for his grasp of military tactics as his ability to quote Sufi-inspired couplets, Massoud was a favorite of Western supporters of the anti-Soviet Jihad. His signature attire—fringed scarf and a beret-like pakhol—has become the uniform of choice among young adventurers visiting Afghanistan for the first time.

    He is no less a hero in Afghanistan. A Che Guevara-type figure, Massoud's image can be found plastered on shop windows and car windshields, as much a symbol of pride in Afghanistan's mujahidin past as an allegiance to his anti-Taliban (and pro-Tajik) bent. One of Kabul's biggest intersections is named after him, and September 9, the anniversary of his death, is a national holiday. Massoud's supporters, many of them hailing from his anti-Taliban United Islamic Front, which has now been reconstituted in Western parlance as the Northern Alliance, hold that had he not been killed, Afghanistan would have been in far better shape.

    "If Massoud had not been killed, we would have lived in a totally different world," says his friend and advisor, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. "From what I know of him, he would have asked for Western support, but would have said 'no' to boots on the ground. Who knows if the Americans would have listened, but we probably wouldn't be in the situation we are in today."

    Nearly ten years after an invasion that has neither a clear cut success nor palatable end in sight, its tempting to indulge in a bout of magical thinking. Would Massoud have been able to defeat the Taliban for good? Would he have been a contender for president, and if so, would he have steered Afghanistan in a different direction than towards the quicksand that we now find ourselves in?
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Re: Suicide/truck bomb at base in Afghanistan kills/injures 77

    But it didn't kill/injure 77. It killed/injured 104-105. Only 2-3 (differing accounts) were killed.

    And it's not ticky if it's right.
  6. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    Re: Suicide/truck bomb at base in Afghanistan kills/injures 77

    That's right.
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