July 2nd, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Petraeus arrives as 5 are killed in Taliban attack

New U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan Friday, a day marred by violence in a part of the troubled nation that was relatively peaceful a year ago.

Petraeus arrived at NATO headquarters in Kabul in the evening, the International Security Assistance Force said.

Earlier in the day, Taliban militants in the northern city of Kunduz attacked the compound of a U.S. aid agency subcontractor, killing at least five people and wounding 20 others, government officials said.

On the day of Petraeus' arrival, the brazen attack served as a grim reminder for international forces that they faced a difficult challenge in overcoming the Taliban insurgency, which many say has been gaining momentum. A year ago, places like Kunduz were regarded as safe - but not anymore.

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  1. Anabel

    Until recent times language spread through either conquest or commerce. I have seen no evidence of Germanic tribes either trading (directly) with the Romans who also failed to conquer them. English German Dutch and the Scandinavian languages are Indo-European along with Frisian which linguistically is closer to the language spoken by both the Angels and the Saxons. French Portuguese Spanish and of course Italian are often referred to as 'Romance' languages for obvious reasons. Latin in common usage (in england) died out relatively soon after the fall of the Roman Empire.

    July 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beam

    Can you stop using the phrase "grim reminder", it's kind of played out (so to speak).

    July 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anabel

    English has adopted words from all four corners of the world. for example shampoo (Persian) bungalow (Hindi) and even the slang name for a cup of tea (very English) char from cha or chai (Mandarin and various Indian dialects) However the language has it's roots in Anglo/Saxon to Old English through to Modern English so no Aramaic link.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Anabel

    Wrong again. Boston was named after Boston (a small sea port) in Lincolnshire England. If indeed there was a person also named Boston his family would have taken it as a sirname (lit 'sire' name) so the end effect would have been the same. So not Persian by any definition.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. moon

    Larry king will ended up returning to his personal life position -CNN got no more verbal cotton padded citizen's Razor blade- He was one of a kind in america to the world & news,
    for fun & curiousity – some lady took public lips from the regendary night talk show desk for her own talk show at home- wow- she win! Larry will be Wrapped for her Christmas Ornament...next to her kitchen table instead...

    July 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. moon

    some people refining their so called from the books of library- but, they won't –
    because , they just read and memorize it -never recognize them even steaming those books and eating them ...

    July 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anabel

    Au Contraire. It is a contraction of St Botolph's Town. the original Boston is in England and dates back to AD654 making it older than some well established religions.

    July 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yoda

    Lord have mercy. The poster have no brains.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anabel

    What time is the tea party? Can we invite Onesmallvoice they would enjoy it so much.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaybob

      It's the typical left-wing government-hating liberal method- start name-calling and degrading someone when you can't back up any of your thoughts and opinions. It's like a child saying "you're a doodie-head!"

      July 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anabel

    I couldn't agree more about the disgusting language. I think however you are deluding yourself on so many other issues.

    July 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anabel

    You can read Aramaic? How extraordinary one rarely meets a scholar on these sites.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      No,Anabel,but I do read Spanish very fluently and much smarter than any Tea Partier,but then again most people are!

      July 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Anabel... it's the same person, simply using different screen names on this blog. Immaturity at its height.

      July 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anabel

    Talking to yourself is pretty sad Daniel-2/Bledsoe you are fast becoming a laughing stock.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    That's the problem your all backwards people believing in things that make no sense.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Values are what you treasure and has nothing to do with limits! I suggest you go back to school, if you ever have!

    July 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hothead007

    To hell with your christian western values where you f–k ur own mothers, daughters & sisters, just the hell get out from here an do save lives of the remaining coward christian crusaders

    July 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      hothead007 at least our values shows respect for others and you have no morals to talk the way you do to people you do not even know! It seems you only care for your own kind and will end up with the same fate!

      July 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaybob

      I forgot how cowardly the western military is. Real men slaughter civilians and dress up like women. Also, the most brave thing you could ever do is poison a school full of little girls for trying to learn to read. I think they do this because they know that once Muslim women can get an education and learn that there is a world out there, they will leave their backwards and insecure male-dominated society and go elsewhere to find REAL men. It's all about insecurity- Muslim Extremists are pathetic males who know that they have to implement ridiculous control factors to keep their women under wraps.

      This isn't about religion, it's about power and money. Personally, I think we should resort to Spetznaz techniques when dealing with these soulless heathens.

      July 2, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      hothead007,NATO has nothing to do with Christianity nor has any Christian values.NATO,while endeavouring to cutail Islam is mainly motivated by greed and it's desire to build an invisible empire in the Middle East.

      July 3, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      I think your language is disgusting. if you cannot converse with a civil and decent turn of phrase please refrain from posting.

      July 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Don't these ignorant Tea Partiers do it all the time?If not,it must be C.I.A. agents pretending to be them,but I don't think so since the Tea Partiers themselves are so uncouth and uneducated and war loving,Anabel.

        July 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    If these drones take out those who plan attacks against western values without putting another life in danger they are surely a good thing and if other people also get killed they are most likely involved with the same terrorist activities or believe in the same ideology! As for talking to the Taliban, how do you talk to people who throw acid on little girls faces or poison their food for going to school or kill boys for playing soccer or strap on explosives to kill as many people as possible? You don't talk to them, you kill them until they are willing to change!

    July 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Dan,are you sure that the Taliban are actually throwing this acid or is this just more of this right-wing propaganda trying to stir up more of this right-wing lynch-mob mentality in order to justify our own atrocities over there?Don't forget,these right-wing fanatics think of everything!

      July 3, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Yea Daniel-2, and the news media are all too right wingers and warmongers that fake these videos. The Taliban have themselves taken video of their atrocities. They are the worse of humankind!

      July 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bledsoe

    You got that right,Daniel.I totally agree!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Former Marine

    Jaybob, this discussion has nothing to do with Predator Drones. In fact, those drones weren't even brought up in this discussion. And, Onesmallvoice has been restraining himself so well from calling anything "Right Winged." I mean, honestly, your first two paragraphs would have sufficed completely...

    July 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaybob

      Yeah, he has been a good lad lately.

      Of course, I know how to stop a Predator. Chris Hansen. He'll sit them down for a talk. Review some chat logs.

      July 2, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Jaybob,to be an even better lad,I suggest that best way to stop an ungodly drone is to outlaw it along with the filthy creeps who operate them.This is undoubtedly the most brutal and cowardly way to fight a war that there is.

        July 2, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        I think there is something wrong with Onesmallvoice he/she is becoming more and more erratic, one minute supporting the troops and the next ranting about 'creeps and predator drones' it could be a sign of a personality disorder.

        July 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Either onesmallvoice has split-personality disorder... or it's really two people operating under the same name on this blog/forum.

        July 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jaybob

        Predator Drones- Cowardly? I thought dressing up like a woman and bombing a market full of children was the way of a coward.

        July 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Former Marine

    Yanno, I remember a time when the ROE (Rules of Engagement) were simple. Vehicle approaches the area, you aim down at it, if it doesn't stop, you fire a single shot into the hood of the car, if it refuses to stop still, have your machine gunner open up with a vengance on the vehicle until it not only stops, but is a smoldering pile of scrap metal in the road.

    July 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Makes good sense to me. Politics and politicians have no place on the battlefield.

      July 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Former Marine

        Well, I can tell you why that ROE was disengaged right now. A few people I know, informed me after my departure from that place that it had changed. I asked them why, and they made it plain and simple. A lot of the guys went from step one to step three. Or instead of putting a bullet in the hood of the car, they'd put a bullet in the driver, or in the windshield. Some of the warfighters are a bit on the crazy side, and sadly, it's because of them, that some of our operators overseas can't properly protect themselves from the Taliban and Suicide Bombers...

        July 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |