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Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004
Many Children Among Victims in Deadly Afghan Attack

I found this story disturbing for a number of reasons ... the obvious harm to the children, of course. But, within this story, the U.S. and Afgan authorities say the Taliban did it ... The Taliban says, no, we kill people, but not civilians, (which I tend to believe!) But which, of course, may or may not be true!

However, if the U.S. thinks it is, and it isn't, then that means (as usual) we don't know who's causing the havoc over there, now, and therefore, we can't possibly know who to target to fight! My question is, if this is indicative of our "fight against terror" just how badly are we losing it? And will the U.S. ever have a clue about what to do about those who have declared a "jihad" against us?

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A powerful explosion in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens, two days after the country adopted a new constitution aimed at healing the wounds from decades of bloodshed.

President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as an "act of cruelty and barbarism" and said it would only strengthen his resolve to fight terrorism in Afghanistan.

A statement from his office said at least eight children were among the dead and 58 people were wounded in the explosion, which officials called a "terrorist attack."

But a spokesman for the ousted Taliban militia, linked to a wave of violence in recent months, denied involvement.

A Reuters reporter at the scene saw the bodies of three young men. Pools of blood, shoes and a turban littered the blast site.

"At first there was a small explosion in which a child was injured," said local witness Gulalai. "When people gathered to help the child, the big explosion happened."

General Abdul Wasi, spokesman for the corps commander of Kandahar province, told Reuters the blast was a "terrorist act."

""The majority of victims were school children. This was a very bad incident," he said.

Doctors at a nearby hospital were treating at least 29 people, 18 of them with serious wounds. They said the majority of the victims were children between seven and 15 years old.

Kandahar Corps commander Khan Mohammad Khan told Reuters one man had been detained on suspicion of coordinating the explosion. Around 50 U.S. and Afghan soldiers quickly sealed off the area.

Rival Afghan factions agreed on a new national constitution on Sunday, clearing the way for the country's first free elections after nearly a quarter of a century of war.


The method of the attack was similar to one used last September 2002 when dozens of people who rushed to help those injured in a blast in Kabul were killed by a second larger one.

Later that same day, Karzai narrowly escaped with his life when a man opened fire on his vehicle in Kandahar.

Kandahar, a bleak and dusty city, is the former bastion of the ousted Taliban, which has declared a "jihad," or holy war on foreign and Afghan soldiers and aid workers. Several attacks have been staged there on aid groups and civilians in recent months.

In early December, at least 18 people were wounded in an explosion in a crowded Kandahar market, an attack blamed by the authorities on the Taliban but denied by the hardline Islamic militia toppled from power by U.S.-led forces in late 2001.

A Taliban official, speaking by satellite phone, said the militia had nothing to do with the latest incident.

"The Taliban does not target civilians," he said. "We condemn this attack in which civilians have been killed and injured."

But Tuesday's blast will raise fresh fears that Islamic militants from the Taliban and al Qaeda network it once sheltered are still capable of undermining stability.

The Taliban has threatened to step up attacks in Afghan cities, and said they carried out a suicide bombing in Kabul just over a week ago that killed five security officials.

A wave of bloodshed mainly in the south and east of the country since early August has claimed more than 400 lives, including many rebels.

Around 12,000 U.S.-led troops are hunting remnants of the Taliban and al Qaeda and 5,700 international peacekeepers are based mainly in the capital. The U.S. military has a large base at Kandahar airport, outside the city.

Free your mind, and the rest will follow.
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So, ebony 'tends' to believe the Taliban??? And I fear to ask what did she think the nations of the world and NATO were doing in hunting down the Taliban and Al-Queera?
What a dipshit.

Lets play 'Taliban' for ebony and see if theres any possibility of her grasping a little reality: "Ebony, get back in the house ebony, you know women are not allowed to wander 'outdoors'. We'll cut off the toes of your children if it happens again."

Lordy, its like waking up people who have slept through a hurricane.

"The Taliban says, no, we kill people, but not civilians"
Yeah, and their history so far is a shining example of the 'righteousness' of all their numerous murders and genocide over the last decade, right.

Stupidity abounds, even in the most enlightened and information laden society in the history of the world. Just ask ebony.

"Yes ebony, the Taliban is winning, I advise selling your home and moving to Afghanistan asap."


[This message was edited by sergeant on January 06, 2004 at 10:13 AM.]
sergeant ...

What's really scary is that I give more credibility to the Taliban than to anything that you would ever say or think.

I think they are both smarter and more trustworthy than you are. Eek And I'm rarely wrong when it comes to that sort of thing ... Big Grin

The major difference? They're really bad people ... but you're an asshole! Cool

Free your mind, and the rest will follow.
Originally posted by henry38:
What I think is scary is sending people to "?" they change their names like chameleons and before long you can not tell friend or foe. Really scary I would say.

henry38 - you either have a GREAT memory or you're really perceptive!! brosmile Yes, Mountain is sergeant. I've already placed Mountain into "protective custody" (i.e. "?"). If he keeps trying to abuse things I'll just ban him from his I.P. address.

There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life
that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Mandela
Taliban official apologizes for bomb ˜mistake'
16 killed in Kandahar blast, including many children

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A military commander of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban militia apologized on Wednesday for a bomb attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed 16 people, including many children, calling it a botched attempt to target U.S. troops.

The fundamentalist Islamic group initially denied involvement in Tuesday's explosion near a military compound as children were passing on their way home from school.

The blast came just two days after a new constitution was adopted in Kabul, which Afghans hope will usher in a period of peace and stability after a quarter of a century of bloodshed.

"It was a mistake by our mujahideen (holy warriors)," senior Taliban commander Mullah Sabir Momin said by satellite telephone.

˜A small mistake'
"We wanted to target the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) office in the city, but because of a small mistake, this plan failed," he told Reuters.

PRTs are civilian-military groups, mostly under the umbrella of U.S.-led forces in the country, deployed across Afghanistan to improve security and support reconstruction efforts. The PRT in Kandahar is under U.S. command.

Vital assistance missions have been suspended across as much as a third of the country due to deteriorating security, with much of the violence blamed on the Taliban and its allies.

Momin said U.S. and allied forces regularly passed along the route where the explosion occurred.

One person was arrested by Afghan authorities shortly after the blast, but Momin said he did not know the individual and claimed that Taliban guerrillas had got away on motorcycles.

He urged residents of the dusty, bleak former Taliban stronghold to stay away from buildings belonging to U.S. or Afghan forces, adding that they would soon be attacked.

A statement from the U.S. military released late on Tuesday pinned the blame for the atrocity firmly on the Taliban.

"This criminal attack reminds us that there are still elements of the former brutal and repressive regime committed to reversing the successes of the Afghan people," it said.

The Taliban and its allies, including members of al-Qaida, have declared a "jihad" (holy war) on foreign forces, the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, Afghan troops and aid workers.

At least 8 children among dead
Officials in Kandahar said on Wednesday that the death toll had risen to 16, and at least eight children were among those killed. Another 50 people were wounded.

In a separate development, U.S. and Afghan forces launched an operation in the border town of Spin Boldak to arrest "important Taliban commanders," an Afghan commander said.

Helicopters flew over the town but there were no reports of fighting, and it was not immediately clear whether the operation was linked to the Kandahar bombing.

There are 12,000 U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan hunting Islamic militants from the Taliban and al-Qaida. They have failed to prevent a wave of attacks and fighting that has claimed over 400 lives since early August, mainly in the southern and eastern portions of the country.

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