May 18th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Attack raises Afghan policing questions

The suicide bomb attack in Kabul Tuesday underlined that the Taliban are still very capable of causing substantial carnage in the Afghan capital – months after promises that security would be tightened.

After the last such attack in Kabul three months ago, in which 14 people were killed in an attack on a hotel and shopping center, there were promises that security in the capital would be improved. And for a while there were no major incidents. But this attack will revive anxiety about the ability of Afghan security forces to make the capital – and important military and government installations – safe.

Among the questions bound to be raised: did the suicide vehicle pass through any checkpoints? Was there any intelligence about the planned attack? And are the Afghan National Police capable of providing security in Kabul – or anywhere else in Afghanistan?

That final question is the one that NATO commanders return to time and again.

Read the full post from CNN's Tim Lister at the Security Brief on This Just In


Filed under: Kabul attacks
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  1. Steve

    There cannot be security in Afghanistan. Not to the extent which the story suggests. If the terrorists were black, or red or green, or some other trait where you could separate them, but they are also afghans. It is not possible. The best defense is if people put national pride and the safety of their family first and foremost. If a farmer gets approached by an individual who wants to purchase a large amount of fertilizer, you tell a (hopefully honest) policeman, and they investigate that individual. We have the same problems. Everyone needs to be dliligent, and willing to act.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    This month, American taxpayers will have paid 1 Trillion dollars for the American invasion in Afghanistan and 1,000 brave soldiers lives to overthrow the Taliban and specifically target 100 Al-Qaeda members alleged to be harboring at that time in Afghanistan. Those 100 Al-Qaeda members are long gone, many have fled back to Pakistan. Many of Afghanistan's need what America needs now, jobs, jobs, jobs. It is time to rethink deploying more troops to Afghanistan and begin winding down the war's in Iraq and Afghanistan, focus on domestic spending increases and help American's at home with jobs, jobs, jobs and getting America's economy back on its feet again.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Smith, the only bad part is that if they ended all of this in Iraq and Afghanistan, you would have an additional 400,000 people also looking for jobs. That would make it even more conjested. Our war machine is actually one of our industries.

      May 21, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Couldn't have said it any better!!!!!!!!!!

      May 21, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve Real

    Small Potatos

    This was an attack?
    20 teenagers getting themselves killed?

    They didn't even make it pass the perimeter of the base.
    CNN is looking to me like a bunch of Taliban sympathizers.

    Now, if this was a Mexican mafia attack?
    Well then brother you'd be looking at one serious battle,
    these guys (the Taliban) are small patatos compared
    to what's going on in Sinaloa.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Iraq Paramedic

    The great war is coming, accually it has already started, that Ezekiel, Isaiah,John, ect. where given visions of & wrote those accounts out in detail for all to read. We can not stop GOD's plan, we can how ever have faith in his son JESUS CHRIST who will be sent back down to earth to defeat the forces of evil. All accounts state it will be in the east & cullminate in the great battle in the valley of Meggido where blood will run as deep as a horse's breast & the fowl of the air & animals of the land will feast on mighty men's flesh & become drunken on the blood of the evil warriors.
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I'm so tired of reading posts that brush your faith onto others. Whats happening over there is just a bunch of idiots who like to inflict terror and death upon others so they can conquire and suppress people and they do it in a cowardly way. It's not a proven fact that this crap going on over there is " GOD's Plan " It is however the plan of those blood thirty Towel Head Terrorists!!!!!!!

      May 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    These questions and concerns are the same that was voiced EARLIER in Marjah with General McChrystal's shake and bake Afghan Police, Security and Governors. Now the same questions and concerns are being asked albeit even louder in Karbal. There appears to be serious problems with General McChrystal's shake and bake cookie cutter strategy which he plans on using with each US Military conquest in Afghanistan. The Problem? Afghanistan residents are loudly rejecting what they see as highly corrupt Police, Security and Governors being forced upon them AND are loudly stating the Taliban were not as corrupt as they were better off under the Taliban ruled regime.

    After 1,000 brave US soldiers have died since America invaded Afghanistan and overthrew the Taliban freedom fighters under the guise of getting the previous CIA ally Osama bin Ladin, Osama has been out of Afghanistan for many years. Many of the preceding and then attackers were not from Afghanistan nor Iraq, they were mostly from Saudi Arabia and Saudi's neighbor in Yemen.

    Forcing the Afghan people to accept corrupt Afghan Police, Security and Governors under the rule of the Karzai CLAN appears to be a utterly failed strategy and plan.

    The Opium-Poppy fields are drying up down to only 5 provinces under President Obama from a horrific 35 provinces fully planted under Bush-Cheney. The few remaining Opium-Poppy fields are dieing due to a naturally occurring fungus which attacks the roots of the Opium plant before the seed-pod can be cultivated for Opium and Heroin conversion.

    May 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |