Feb 27, 2007

Suicide Bomber Greets Cheney in Afghan Visit

Relatives carry the body of a contractor killed after a suicide blast outside the main U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan.  Vice President Dick Cheney was not injured in the blast  (Bagram, Afghanistan) A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people, injuring dozens more, outside a US military base in Afghanistan today during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney was not hurt during the explosion.

The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press agency, quoting other police sources, said 20 people had been killed.

The Taliban claimed initial responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the group claims the bomber knew Cheney was visiting the Bagram air base, which is located 40 miles north of Kabul.

"We wanted to target … Cheney," said Taliban commander Mullah Hayat Khan from an undisclosed location.

If the Taliban claims of prior knowledge of the Cheney visit are legitimate, the government of Hamid Karzai will likely be embarassed by this attack. The arrival of an American dignitary as important as Cheney would have been a closely-guarded secret, and the leaking of such information in time for an attack to be planned would have occurred high up in the Afghan government.

The Taliban has been boasting of a spring offensive in 2007, and there is widespread suspicion that record Afghan opium crops - estimated to account for over 90% of the world's supply of opium - may be benefitting the Taliban, either through direct funding of insurgent activities or through alliances with powerful Afghan drug lords.


Anonymous said...

We have neglected the Afghans for our stupid war in Iraq, and now the chickens be roosting at home.


Dariush said...

A little over four months ago Christian Parenti filed this report from Afghanistan. Worth watching since the situation for the government and US/NATO forces has only gotten worse since then.

BBC also conducted an interview with some Taliban fighters and commanders roughly around the same time period.

Part 1

Part 2

http://koozy.wordpress said...

Cheney was the target. But hey...lets just pull out and bring all the troops home and pretend nobody hates us just for being American. Isn't that the Democrats plan?

The Screaming Nutcase said...

Given the way Bush & Cheney get people riled up in this country, it's hard to believe the only assassination attempts against them have been by foreigners. Think how strange it is that our most popular Presidents are the ones who get shot at at home: Kennedy, Reagan.

MP said...

"The chickens be roosting at home" is an understatement, JD.

Bush and Cheney let Al-Qaeda get away in Afghanistan, and Cheney almost paid the price yesterday.

"Pretend nobody hates us," Koozy? No, Democrats know very well that many people hate Americans for their arrogance, and they also know very well that more people than ever hate us since Bush invaded Iraq.

Here's a better question: why do staunch Republicans continue to want to let these men off the hook for their incompetence???!!!

microdot said...

Aye, Aye...I second the motion!
Party allegiance over reality? Give us a break. Dick Cheney has taklen the Peter Principle to a whole new level!
You know the saying, what ever could go wrong will go wrong?
Every one of his great plans has piled one gigantic tragic disaster on top of another. Perhaps we should name it The Dick Principle, but in his case, leave out the Principle part!