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Taliban Terrorists Kill 80 At Afghan Dog Fight

From a gladdened Associated Press:

An Afghan policeman keeps watch at a blast site in Kandahar ...

An Afghan policeman keeps watch at a blast site in Kandahar province February 17, 2008.

80 killed in attack at Afghan dog fight

By ALLAUDDIN KHAN, Associated Press Writer

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A suicide bombing at an outdoor dog fighting competition killed 80 people and wounded scores on Sunday, an Afghan governor said. It appeared to be the deadliest terror attack in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

A prominent militia commander who stood up against the Taliban was killed in the attack and officials said he may have been the target.

Several hundred people, including Afghan militia leaders, had gathered to watch the competition on the western edge of the southern city of Kandahar. Witnesses reported gunfire from bodyguards after the blast but it was not immediately clear how many of the casualties might have been caused by bullets.

Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid said 80 people had been killed in the attack. Abdullah Fahim, a Health Ministry spokesman, said 70 were wounded.

Khalid blamed the attack on “the enemy of Afghanistan,” which typically means the Taliban. The attack’s apparent target, Abdul Hakim Jan, served as a commander of an auxiliary police force, a government-backed security force made of area tribesmen that is often shorthand for a local militia operating with government approval…

Kandahar, the Taliban’s former stronghold and Afghanistan’s second largest city, is one of the country’s largest opium poppy producing areas. The province has been the scene of fierce battles between NATO forces, primarily from Canada and the United States, and Taliban fighters over the last two years.

Unlike in the U.S., where star Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting operation, dog fights are a popular form of entertainment in Afghanistan.

German shepherds, bully kuttas and Afghan mastiffs do not fight until death but rather until one dog pins another or one of the fighters runs away. The dogs have clipped ears and tails and carry the scars of battle.

The events can attract hundreds of spectators who cram into a tight circle around the spectacle. The sport was banned under Taliban rule

See how much better the Taliban was, at least according to their allies at the Associated Press. “They outlawed dog fighting.”

Still, the that victims were at a dog fight does help mitigate the tragedy somewhat.

Do note however how the AP did not give a break down as to how many civilians (or better yet,  women and children) were killed or wounded. They never do that when their heroes the “freedom fighters” are on the attack.

They save such details (or even make them up) for articles about the senselessly brutal attacks by US and NATO forces.

Nevertheless, what will Mr. Obama do in Afghanistan — a war he claims to support? It turns out people are being killed there, too. Even though it is a multinational force.

He better rethink his foreign policies.

(Just kidding of course. Mr. Obama has no foreign policy, except to surrender to our enemies.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 17th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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