September 16th, 2010
10:23 AM ET

Afghan protester shot at military base

An international forces service member shot a protester who aimed his AK-47 toward a guard tower at a NATO military base in southern Afghanistan, military officials said Thursday.

The man was pulled away by fellow demonstrators before members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were able to determine his condition.

The protest of about 100 Afghans at Forward Operating Base Mirwais was reported to have been held in response to an alleged Quran burning inside the base Wednesday. But ISAF said the suspected burning was a routine burn-pit session in which military documents are destroyed.

The protest turned violent when the Afghans began throwing rocks at the base guards. ISAF said the armed protester was shot in accordance with the rules of engagement.

Also in southern Afghanistan, an international service member was killed Thursday in an insurgent attack. No other information, including the service member's nationality, was immediately available from ISAF.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a new warning of potential violence ahead of parliamentary elections Saturday. It alerted U.S. citizens to avoid crowds and public gatherings and said some road closures and check points at polling stations are to be expected.

At least three candidates and 13 of their supporters have been killed by insurgents. And the Taliban has said it will target polling stations.

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  1. Oldwarhorse.

    @Gleck. He's still in training for the amateur status, but keeps flunking.

    September 23, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robrob

    Is it just me or are there a number of mental patients posting here?

    September 22, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. ZombieHunter

    ...I like turtles

    September 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gibby68

    WOW...this sounds like Jessie Ventura!!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gibby68

    "Protest THIS" he said, after pulling the trigger!!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Natch

    Rule #1. Don't bring rocks to a gun fight.
    Rule #2. Don't bother bringing your AK47 either, since the only method you know to fire it is the "spray and pray", and we will take you out with a 3-round burst.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. tootifruti

    Why kant any1 spell on these blogs? que pas calabasa?

    September 20, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. dindy Sri lanka

    pray for troops and innocent civilians who votes for freedom !!

    September 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bledsoe

    I think Mehdi needs to be Mehdicated.

    September 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    even nwno thye set ther interceptinga nd blocking my posts. as YOU die. as they MUDERR and ROB and LIE to YOU.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    now YOU go ahead an dmake all the fduiing deals YOU like, just make damn sure THEY know I am not with you. i am not behind you. i do not suuport YOU. YOUR TR"oops are NOT MY Troops. YOUR Cu"ntrees not MY Countries.
    serve you ar`~b -je`w and zio`nest pimps and stay drunk,drugged and stupid.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    YOU run like the spinles little cun,ts you are from me.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    yes cowards, jump thread ot threads, arguing lie insult threaten, while of ocurse YOU hide like th spinless cowards you are.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kraznodar

    It is sad that CNN has decided to turn itself into a platform for racist bigots the world over.

    September 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kraznodar

    The image seems to have been removed.

    September 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. George

    This girl is in a lot of trouble if the Taliban get her.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. whiteknight

    That whole country needs to be bombed out of existence killing everyone that exists in the area because they are all terrorist and the same goes for all of them living the the US they should all be exterminated like the filth they are because we will never have a peaceful existence when there are terrorists living on our own soil.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robrob

      Thankfully you are not in charge.

      September 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    and if you Hte me now with all this "Old news", hmm,,,well,,, Who wants to tell "Them" ?

    September 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    you knwo larry, at least supposldy you post your real name and say you are a vet,
    i expext hearing this crap from civilians, i dont expect to hear it from you so called "vets".
    from you fat ass korea vets you you snivlers from desert storm.
    and these so called " Nam Vets", i set here and wonder what "Nam " they were in,,

    September 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  20. allen

    Very attractice and talented girl.Just think though,people like the one posting above would torture or kill her for trying to bring a little good to her country.Anyone using their talent and mind to better their society seem to exactly the ones that the extremists try to destroy

    September 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Pope Urban II

    Taliban MTV!!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Hey you,I don't so much mind you blogging under my name for your personal self amusement but will you kindly refrain from disgracing of the greater Popes in history?It's blasphemous and repugnant and shows how little you respect anything.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Codifex Maximus

      Speaking ill of a Pope is not blasphemy; speaking ill of God is. Get it right.

      September 19, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  22. Druid

    To Mehdi Gneral...- What the hell are you saying? Are you that confused that your postsdon't even make sense?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Mr. Mackey says, "Drugs are bad, m'kay."
      That's what a lifetime of smoking Taliban opium does to your brain.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      not "the Hell" what "in " Hell. Druid.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        It can be either, depending on who is saying it and where they are from.

        September 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    oh and Some Man Named Andew in that thread about the Civlian Massacre, you just buried,
    from Virginia said they Were HIs Troops send them there,
    so i guess it is the V.A in Va. ?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    who knows,,maybe they wil get Lucky,
    whos next?

    September 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    not MY war, not MY Troops. not MY Women. NOt MY problem.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    same idiots, differant day,

    September 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dennis

    Kill all of the islamic hordes and rid the earth of them

    September 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      good luck with that, looks like your luck ran out. no God. no Lucky. "GOLD BLESS THOSE TROOPS !!!

      September 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Watch it Mehdi,your atheism is showing! At least you're not quite as hipocritical as most Americans are.

        September 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  28. skytech5

    If Islam is so toleran,loveing and peacful. Why dont Iman and the muslims of all countrys hold protest agance these type violent Islam militants protest.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Skytech5 well written .!!!

      September 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. smbitterman

    Amen to that. Wow! Very attractive young lady!

    September 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Riza Afghan

    Country is like a jungle, you'll find dumb and cleaver dudes out there.
    100 dumb afghan went there and no idea why they went. LMAO

    I really don't know why in the first place that stupid American is burning a Quran, if he is burning then it's his wish, i don't know why on earth some Pakistani Dumbs have to protest in Pakistan.

    When they are not living in the US and can't do anything then why protest lol
    Protest is just an stupid act, if you can find the one who is burning Quran in person, then F00K him up, just don't protest like idiots coz you won't get a SH!T from it.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. LarryKegel(US Army)

    What Person would be stupid enough to Protest there in the First Place???

    September 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  32. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Will You Please quit using My old Name!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    Why are protesters allowed to carry AK-47s near bases?
    Check that–why are any protesters allowed near bases in the first place?

    That aside, good shootin', Tex! HOO-RAH!

    September 16, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Every male over the age of 14 in Afghanistan owns a gun...usually a AK-47. They carry it wherever they go.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • PRP65

        Mr.Matt this is not the wild,wild west I been out here 8 months and not seen that yet.The ANP/ANSF are out there on patrol trying to bring stability to this country.Yes they are some bad apples inside those too.The ISAF is trying their best to help and can only do it a day at the time..

        September 17, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
      • jimmy

        That is highly incorrect. Try pre-invasion Iraq.

        September 17, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Codifex Maximus

        Jimmy, this is an article about Afghanistan not Iraq.

        September 19, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • john

        Im sure they carry the ak-47 whereever they go, ITS AFGHANISTAN A WAR ZONE,what would you carry? a water pistol?

        September 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herpi Harrison

      Assume you must consider yourself as a hired killer not a professional service member if you feel joy in murder

      September 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Popeye

        A well placed shot, hitting a paper target or a person aiming to kill a comrade always brings a zen moment. Joy!

        September 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • USN Vet

        Killing someone aiming an AK-47 at troops in a war zone, in accordance with the Rules of Engagement, is not murder. It is doing what's right and proper. Still, we shouldn't take glee in it. It's just tacky.

        September 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Why is America so set on fighting the Tailban? I thought America was after al Queada teorrists? Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Neo

        True. Taliban had nothing to do with when 9/11 happened. It was AQ which did it. But then Taliban provided a safe sanctuary to AQ and denied requests to turn them in. They provided cover to the criminals by replying that AQ is their guest (stupid argument indeed).

        September 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • George

        Wrong. The Taliban admittedly were allowing Osama Bin Laden to train terrorists in Afghanistan, and when confronted by the U.S. to hand over Bin Laden after 9/11, they refused. So it is not true that they did not have anything to do with 9/11. In any felonious crime committed in the U. S. they would have been charged as accessories.

        September 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Popeye

        The United nations authorized international intervention in Afghanistan because the Taliban was viewed as an illegal form of government, especially considering the leaders of the Taliban government were non native Pakistanis and Saudis.

        September 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        The Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11??? Are you kidding me, they are the cause of us going to WAR with them in Afganistan. Man, I just love how stupid people are!!!! They were hiding Bin Laden, the Mastermind of 9/11 RETARD BOY!!!!

        September 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Protium

        Well... after we trained them we kinda figured they do us a solid and comply when we needed their help... they didn't. Reckoning.

        September 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Protium

        I know I am a tard. The only thing we taught them was which way to hold the stinger

        September 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Codifex Maximus

        How easy it would have been had the Taliban turned over Bin Laden and or Al Queda... unfortunately, it did not work out that way. Now, the Taliban have aligned THEMSELVES with Al Queda and put themselves on the line becoming by proxy Al Queda. I think George Bush even said that Bin Laden is not the focus anymore.

        September 19, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Honest folks,I didn't post that idiotic blog at the top of this page.I think that it was Ernie Beatty trying to make me look like an idiotic warmonger which I'm not.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Will You Please quit using My old Name!!!

        September 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ilya

      Because it's their country.

      September 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmy

      Because outside the perimeter of the base is not under the control of the base obviously. Otherwise it would be considered "on-base". They are allowed to protest. It still is their country. Once guns start getting pointed, thats when ROE takes over.

      September 17, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Robrob

      Why are any protestors allowed near bases? Because it's their country?

      September 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      People in the U.S. were carrying automtics and semi-autos when our president was speaking at a town hall meeting and this is the U.S.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Extremophil

      I think it's a bit of a stretch to refer to someone as a "protester" when they are aiming a weapon right at you. Kudos to the person who popped him.

      September 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |