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Afghan Taliban Attack US Consulate, Kill 2 Afghans

From the Associated Press:

Afghan Taliban attack US Consulate, kill 2 Afghans

By AMIR SHAH and NAHAL TOOSI | September 13, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed at least two Afghans.

A "firefight"? Don’t tell me we are now giving the security teams at our diplomatic missions bullets? (By the way, the two Afghans who died were on our side.)

The U.S. said all its personnel from the mission were safe and that American forces later secured the site.

In other words, there were no American forces at the consulate at the time of the initial attack. Even after all of Hillary and Obama’s promises to beef up our diplomatic security. And even after this consulate and 20 other embassies and missions having been closed down over security threats, just a couple of weeks ago.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi took responsibility for the Herat attack in a phone call with The Associated Press…

But Joe Biden has said the Taliban are not our enemies?

According to Gen. Rahmatullah Safi, Herat province’s chief of police, the attack began around 6 a.m. when militants in an SUV and a van set off their explosives-laden vehicles while others on foot fired on Afghan security forces guarding the compound in the city, 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) from Kabul.

An Afghan police officer and an Afghan security guard were killed, though it was not clear whether they died in the explosions of the two vehicles or in the gunfire, Safi said. At least seven attackers were killed, including the two drivers of the explosives-laden vehicles, he said, and several people were wounded.

U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement that the assault began around 5:30 a.m., when "a truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers — possibly firing rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles — started firing at Afghan forces and security guards on the exterior of the gates. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate."

Rafi [sic] said U.S. special forces entered the area to secure the compound, and that no attackers managed to breach it. Harf’s statement said "American security personnel" were among the response team, and added that "it appears American and contract security personnel addressed any attackers who managed to enter the compound."

Surprisingly, there has not been any mention of this being caused by a video.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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