May 18th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

18 killed in Afghan suicide attack

[Update: 9:26 a.m. ET] A Canadian service member was one of the six NATO-led troops who died in the suicide bombing attack, Canadian forces confirmed.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Five U.S. service members were among the 18 people killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday in Kabul, a U.S. defense official confirmed. (See images from the scene of the attack)

Women, children and a NATO-led soldier also were killed when the bomb exploded near a registration center for Afghan Army recruits, officials said.

The attack occurred near an International Security Assistance Force military convoy on a busy road, ISAF said.  Full story


Filed under: Daily Developments • Kabul attacks • Troops
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  1. AntiWar

    It is very clear that Al Qaeda wants all foreign troops to get out from their country. And in order to keep chronic pressure, they will continue these attacks irrespective of civilian casualties. Not sure but Is our government waiting to see a big number of suicide attack before making any smart move on this mess. Come on !!! we do not need to fight 21st century War on Terror with 19th century war style. I am just worried that this WAR has made this country BANKRUPT!!! Are terrorist succeeding in their agenda ???

    May 22, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      another uneducated comment. Al Qaeda has no country or loyalty. they are an international terrorist group, they'll hit us where ever they can. the war didn't make this country bankrupt, our lack of economic produce did, and our heavy addiction to lines of credit among other things.

      May 24, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Achmed the dead terrorist

    One more thing Mohammad Mohammad Mohammad etc. – Your women are slaves. Nothing but slaves. In our CULTURE that is IMMORAL (and illegal). And our women would be virgins too if we married them when they are 8 years old. In our CULTURE that is IMMORAL (and illegal) too. We will capture your women, teach them to shoot, give them guns, and send them back to kick your oppressive asses. That's your women's independence day treat from us to you. Now back to that Mohammad drawing on Facebook. Did mohammad have just one spike to two spikes on his tail?

    May 20, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Achmed the dead terrorist

    Mohammad – Our women are the best and can kick any of your men's (term used loosely) asses. Yet your men lay with goats, sheep, and boys before oppressing your women. Your women could only hope to one day be liberated from you camel jockies. Now I have to go draw a picture of Mohammad on Facebook. Is there two horns or four?

    May 20, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mohammad A Dar

    Achmed the dead terrorist

    No more suicide bombers please. We are running out of virgins (goats) down here in hell. Achmed.---------Why mention virgins. This is some thing impossible in your culture. They lay under hundred men. before they decide to Mary one for short time.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BRK

    As a Canadian, and did my tour of Afghanistan at the beginning of this mess.
    The area where the bombing took place was also the same area as when Cpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy (3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battalion Group) was killed in a suicide bomb attack on January 27, 2004. It was the 1st I believe such an attack, and as we know not the last.

    Rest well all our troops.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • NashCitySmitty

      BRK, thanks for your service in that snake pit. Given the history dating back to Alexander, I am convinced that "conquering" Afghanistan is the functional equivalent of herding a group of feral barn cats. Let's face it, Afghanistan is NOT a nation, it is a gathering of medieval tribes. Again, thank you for your service in what is the anus of the "civilized" world.

      May 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. christopher

    wow jus like america found WOMD. yea but we armed the taliban to begin with back when russia wanted to annex afghanistan.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Poor Daniel-2. Clearly he missed most of his history lessons. The last time we let Afganistan set their own future the Taliban was established, a psycho named Bin Laden showed up and they orchestrated the attack on the Twin Towers.
    You really need to read the newspapers lad.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas in Iowa

      Sorry John, you must have missed a portion of your history as well. We supported Bin Laden through the eighties when he was fighting the Russians.

      May 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Todd

        He is right John. We did support Osama and the afgan fighters against the Russians. Opps our bad

        May 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. deacon west

    All I have to say is OPEC

    May 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chuckster

    NEWS FLASH FOR THE WORLD............ If you come to America or any of our interests and kill any of the people there, we WILL pay you a visit and get some!!!! Common Logic!!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuckster

    Daniel 2, it was Afganistan that decided they wanted our help. Remember, the Taliban allowed terrorists to hide in their country after they attacked the United States. When that happened we had no choice but to go there and take care of the situation. So we were invited.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Achmed the dead terrorist

    No more suicide bombers please. We are running out of virgins (goats) down here in hell. Achmed.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Robert J Lipsett Sr.

    Christina Aramopor and Micheal Ware each told the USA that a complete victory was not in the cards for the USA in the middle east. there is to much history of internals conflicts to ever conquer the countries of the middle east.

    isn't nearly 4,400 dead in Iraq and now 1,000 dead in Afghanistan along with thousands of causilitis in both countries. This is in the need to fix our own debt than is unsustainable due to these Military Industrial Complex. Maybe Joe Sestack can enlighten our military about the only way yo get results in the Middle East. It is not easy leaving but, soon the USA will have to cut our lkosses in the Middle East and why has our govt. continue to fund Isreal with $3.5 BILLION dollrs a year. Haven't they just built a salt water deconversion plant for million of our money?

    May 19, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mohammad A Dar

    Steve

    I'll be patiently waiting for the Afghans to protest this. The war will quickly stop when the Afghans rise up against the Taliban.
    May 18, 2010 at 11:03 am |
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    | Reply–You probably are very misinformed. Afghan's are the Taliban. why are they going to demonstrate. It is the charli game all over again.

    May 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel-2

    This obscene carnage will only stop when right-wing fanatics give up on their plan of conquest for the Middle East.This,of course,has been going on for the last 150 years in one way or another when the Europeans began conquering Asia and Africa.We need to let the Afghans decide their own future without Western interference.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Nature abhors a vacuum – without a middle class stability is difficult – Afghanistan has a 28% literacy rate – ie, no middle class – conquering the middle east is certainly not our objective – remember they attacked us 9/11 – does that help get the cobwebs outs

      May 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • NashCitySmitty

      Daniel:

      Pull your isolationist head out of your arsh. We left the Afghans to their own devices back in the mid-90's and they provided shelter to Bin Laden – remember? Before the development of weapons of mass destruction, your approach was perhaps feasible. It is simply not an option any longer. We are engaged in a slow-burning world war. Although our commitment to Afghanistan will likely change in the near future, I feel certain that American boots will be on the ground in Afghanistan for the forseeable future.

      May 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    I'll be patiently waiting for the Afghans to protest this. The war will quickly stop when the Afghans rise up against the Taliban.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Zachary

      I got a feeling that the Afghans will
      NEVER rise up against the Taliban
      and try to confront their own problems
      by themselves.
      Seriously... We're wasting so much time,
      resources and soldiers on these people
      who can't even find the courage to stand up
      for themselves!
      We cant do this forever.... sigh.

      May 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Henry

        the taliban is afghanistan if they werent they would for sure by now. This war reminds me of vietnam. Were trying to spread democracy to a country that clearly doesnt want it

        May 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      its never going to happen they follow the karan well none of them can read the ones that can well, they can tell the uneducated ones any thing they want to which is what they do so they say in here it says alla wants you to kill "infidels" funny cuz that means u dont read one of the 4 holy books which includes the bible, karan, tora on some other one cant think of it right now well they jstu say all americans are infidels you to straight to heaven if you kill one...so thsi is why the taliban is controling the local populace.

      May 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |