April 27th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Man opens fire on Americans in Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - At least six American service members were killed Wednesday when a man opened fire on troops and a "gunfight" ensued at an airport in the Afghan capital, military officials said.

A NATO official backed off earlier reports that eight coalition service members and a contractor were killed, saying that the alliance could only confirm six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops were killed. It did not disclose their nationalities.

The incident - which occurred at the Afghan national air force compound at North Kabul International Airport - stems from an argument between an Afghan pilot and an international colleague, officials said.

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  1. BANGASH

    Said Afghan Pilot Ahmad Gul was deadly against Taliban or Alqaida therefore had been a part of Afghan security forces and was bravely fighting against killers of innocent Afghans. However being a proud Afghan he was probably not happy with the arrogance of US cow boys and probably could not afford humiliation on his own soil. His friends and colleagues had seen very positive points in his person as an honest and professional man but as they feel, Americans might have insulted him therefore has reacted so severely. Such incidents may grow with the passage of time till a single US soldier is on Afghan soil.

    April 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Bangash – You surely hit the point. A proud Afghan cannot accept arrogance and humiliation on his own souil.
      Americans still have a colonialist and racist menthality.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        mentality.

        April 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      what you barking is not listening by those Afghans who love their country, it just be interested to those who are the slave of Pakistan and other strangers, do u hundrestood or you need more to .....u

      April 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Pamiri – STOP YOUR LIES. Pakistan is an US allie in fighting the Taliban. Pakistan was your enemy when you were on the side of the Soviet against the US.

        April 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    Even the soviet "helped" Afghanistan against the British colonization from late 1800 to 1990. Afghanistan was ruled by the PDPA. British, Soviets and USA used Afghanistan to fight each other through divided Afghan people. Do you think USA is fighing to help the Afghan people ? Even the Soviet donated billions of dollars to Afghanistan, but with the intention to control it, like the Americans. I think Gilani is right suggesting Afghan government to seek other allies like China, more respectfull of human rights as they did not attack other countries like the USA.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. pamiri

    USMC, Forever,
    Hey should be taking care please of those, they are living like human being in Afghanistan, who do not like Taliban and their barbarism and atrocities, neither they like Taliban and nor Pakistanies and their slaves in Afghanistan, but it is the USA and the international forces mistakes that always support those who support Pakistan and Taliban, Iran Sudi Arabia Russia, we are against all sort of occupation but we know that the attack in Afghanistan by the soviet and the helping of international forces is completely different, so why we support the international forces, Russian attacked on the country without asking and considering to the united nations rule and regulation, but the int forces have their disciplines and rules and we praise them for their services for the country, Taliban and their Supporters Paksitanies and some also in Afghan government if are not agree does not matter, because they are not fighting for the country, just they want and trying to implement the Pakistan , Russian Iran Sudia Arabia agenda here in the country, now its is clear not for Afghans but also for the all world and is the time to take strong decision against them, regards to all
    From Kabul

    April 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. USMC Forever

    Again, a stinkin rat Bast**d Muslim!!!! I told you all you can not trust these CAVE ANIMALS. Undisciplined, uneducated, and pathetic. We should just nuke these low life third world CAMEL SUCKERS!!! You can't even help these PIGS!!!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yacobi – he just showed us another example of the worst kind of hinduism (criminality) with his ignorance and stupidity.
      They are too retard to understand the lesson.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. salerno

    It is positive that other 9 americans were killed in Afghanistan, to help them to understand war is wrong and makes people nervous. A discussion can quickly turn into a shooting. We can also see that Afghans are very well trained if just one was able to kill 9. American soldiers are not very popular, as they got killed in Iraq, in Germany and in Afghanistan by different kind of people. Noone was an AlQaeda member. Old AlQaeda almost disappeared but created a great number of imitators impossible to contrast, as their actions are abrupt and unpredictable.

    April 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pamiri

    Slerno,
    If you provide the explosive devices for Taliban then its clear they do not have problems with you, and if you prevent them to kill and slaughter people then they would have problem with you, and before the int forces coming to Afghanistan we better know and have the experience of being Taliban in the country, except killing and destroying the cities they did not know any thing else and now is also Taliban are wild , not changes have occurred in their behave, in Bamiyan in one day they slaughtered many people and meanwhile in the hole of the hill in Bamiyan province in Darrai Foladi where there were all women and children, and they escaped from Taliban and hided themselves in a hole, as Taliban knew that there is a lot of women and children massacred them in once, then think wise angle, when was good, during the Taliban or during the intn forces are in Afghanistan,

    From Kabul

    April 28, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Emergency aid workers did not provide esplosive, may be CIA and Davis did to keep the war going on. Emergency workers were accepted by ALL Afghan people, Taliban and non Taliban as they are NEUTRAL. They have no interest other than doing their job. When the american military closed the hospitals, the Afghan people protested and got the reopened.
      As you are paid by the americans you are not credible about the violence committed by Taliban.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. salerno

    Italian aid workers in Afghanistan with Emergency had no problem with Taliban, even if they were non-muslims. They had problems with US military. This is the demonstartion that Taliban are not so evil as they are considered by US propaganda. The Revolutionary women of Afghanistan (RAWA) are against the Taliban fundamentalism, but against the US occupation too, as they said things are worsened after US invasion.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Most western countries are against the "occupation" and desire to leave (but here is the catcher) as soon as the mission is complete. Complete the mission and off they go. Pretty simple, really.

      April 28, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Western countries are involved in the operations, so they cannot be against. May be they are not happy to be there, but this is another thing.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. pamiri

    Taliban never protect the Afghan people and we people of the country know better their wildship and atoracities when they were in Kabul , the curser is shaming if i write their shameful actions as they did in Afghanistan and as they doing now, the int forces protect people it has been proved for all people

    April 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Riza Afghan

    once upon a time in America, a man named "Bush" said USA is for Americans then why Afghans are living in the USA.
    So Bush decided to attack Afghanistan and own it and allow US citizens to live there & kill all others. that's what happening there right now ;)

    Now all Americans are living in the USA, oh i forgot to tell you what USA stands for.

    USA = United State of Afghanistan. USA had to invade Afghanistan because USA is a trademark and is registered in the USA (C). that's why Bush thought Afghanistan is a state of America and Afghans invaded it, thank god Mr.Bush toke over and now Americans are living there happily ever after.

    Afghanistan 2001 – 2011 (C) for Americans

    April 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      Hey do not forget, what was the situation of Afghanistan before the Int forces come to Afghanistan to protect people, and its better to be the state of America than to be the slave of Pakistanis and their wild Taliban , you know this

      April 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Riza Afghan

        I know bro, i am very happy with Americans controlling Afghanistan then stupid Pakistanies.
        I would rather die then being slaves of Iran or Pakistan. I hope someday Afghanistan become powerful and attack the stupid Pakistan and kill every single Pakistani.

        Pakistani DAL KHOOOOOOOOOOOOOR STUPID F00KING TERRORISTS.

        April 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • american

      your a retard

      April 28, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
      • american

        i mean you riza

        April 28, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Riza Afghan

        you have written your name: American but i can still smell you are a Dal Khor Pakistani ;)
        Pakistani ISI is always acting like this, They choose Afghani Names because they are ashamed of their own names.

        Pakistani DAAAAAAAAAAAL KHOOOOOOOOOOOR ;)

        April 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I think you could be wrong Riza. May be he is not Pakistani, but you are surely obsessed with them, as thought even me being Paki. Influemce of Pakistan is way exagerated, as Taliban were created bu Saudi Wahabe and US, ( but the americans disowned them when they were no more usefull). They invaded Pakistan, wich is baring the burden of their extremization. The probleme is you have different people and different tribes.

        April 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pamiri

    Killing of people at all is not a good action, while killing of those, who are sacrificing themselves to protect Afghans and humanity from the barbarian and wildTaliban Alqaeda and their back Taliban and on the other hand this event is easily could be happened as we have such president, who does not know what to say and how to response the events, several times it have seen, he stated very irresponsible regarding the though issues which is going in the county, he just implementing the Pakistan ISI agenda in Afghanistan, with presence of him we would have seen many the same events too, and this pilot could be crazy or Taliban affiliated that we have such people, even in high authority and these people are clear now who they are,

    From Kabul

    April 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Killing of people is not good, but killing the baby killers is good.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Napoli

        You should be thankful this is simply a low intensity war. In real wars, many people die

        April 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        Then who were in Kabul bank in Jalabad that Taliban Alqaeda ( Karzais brothers) massacred them, the were old people, they were women, they were children , that Taliban have killing and have seen slaughtering them too, this your barking for the Taliban and Alqaeda can not hid what the Taliban is doing against the people and runs the Pakistan agenda in the country, people well known of every thing, they prefer the international forces then Taliban Alqaeda and Karzai,
        We are here and we protect our country as we did against the Russian and we end their being of first power in the world, you should be clear that one day Pakistan and their slaves also be end by us.
        Now the world also knows the facts

        From Kabul

        April 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Maverick

        This is the perfect way to break down this ionfrmaiton.

        July 11, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tetrahedron

      You are incredibly boring and predictable.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Can you direct me to a site where I can translate your words to Inglish, pls?

      April 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The bank massacre was the job of a man under some drug effect. Wars are a bone for criminality too. Do not blame the Taliban for that unnecessary killing. Wars are stressing and people loose controll. This is why you need peace talking with the true Taliban leaders, not with impostors.
      High intensity war ? It is not possible, when the enemy is not intensively present.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gary Johndro

    This is absolutely terrible! How in the world could this have happened??? This makes me wanna cry,it does,it does!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Few months ago a marine killed an afghan soldier after a discussion, and it was considered normal. Why this time it is so tragic ? If the Taliban claim is false and the discussion version is correct, this time the afghan soldier was faster to react.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Sorry salerno,pay no attention to this Johndro jerk above. He's only an ignorant Tea Partier who knows very little!!!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. salerno

    For me It is not important if Taliban were responsible or not. This must be a lesson for the Americans.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      I shouldn't have to restate the obvious.

      Lesson: There is a war going on and not everyone around you is happy. Beware – someone might be trying to kill you.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Saying that not everyone is happy is euphemistic. Just like sayng that a president who have to show his birth certificate to demonstrate he is american after 5 years of presidency, means that not everyone trusts him. He could be the Osama secret brother as his name is very similar.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Napoli

    Or, maybe he was high on Heroin or Hash? I can dream up reasons, too. Maybe some in the room was making it with his wife or his Thursday night boyfriend.

    I like the contrast in accounts between ISAF and Taliban. It doesn't seem to difficult to identify the guy as the Taliban seem to indicate he was an impostor.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Napoli

    Nice....can we get the facts, please??

    Head line says Americans, then 6 US Service Members, article later says 6 ISAF of undisclosed nationality.....this article is clear a mud as well as the motive.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      9 americans, 8 military advisors, 1 contractor.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. salerno

    Probably the pilot did not want to kill afghan innocent civilians or looked for revenge for past killing of children by US soldiers.
    People don't love baby killers, and you don't need to be a Taliban to shot them.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Thank you,salerno. I totally agree.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      You the slave of Pakistanies, decrease your racism and use your empty mind, then you can judge who is occupier and who protect people, Taliban Alqaeda and their supporters are the slave of outsiders, and people who live in Afghanistan know it better, do not worry,

      April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Taliban protected afghan people fighting against the Soviet before and against the American now. Americans don't care afghan civilians, and even collected their bones after having killed them. They fired from helicopters against people including children collecting woods. Even afghan women (RAWA) are against US occupation.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |