January 7th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

CIA bombing suspect's family talks

The father of the Jordanian doctor accused of killing CIA officers talks with CNN's Nic Robertson, while the suspect's brother tells CNN that his sibling's actions were "out of character" and that the man was "under pressure."

The man's father said he was called by an Afghan speaking in broken Arabic from Afghanistan. The Afghan told him his son was dead and that he died as a hero in an operation to kill CIA agents.

Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Afghanistan, according to a statement posted on Islamist Web sites.

Mustafa Abu Yazid, al Qaeda's commander of operations in Afghanistan and its No. 3 man, said the attack avenged the death of Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Taliban in Pakistan who was killed in a missile strike last August, and al Qaeda operatives Saleh al-Somali and Abdullah al-Libi.

In the wake of the suicide bombing last week, new security guidance has gone out to U.S. bases across Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said.

Filed under: al Qaeda • CIA bombing deaths
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  1. Michael

    the man was highly educated and a doctor and he wasts his life like this? he could've gon to Iraq to help them recover with his medical expertise but chooses to waste his life like this? isn't islamand christianity sharing similar roots? the afhganies dont want the return of the taliban why do neighboring muslims joining al quada and the taliban to force their sharia law upon them?

    January 17, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. silvergirl

    sometimes I wonder ifI am the only one on the planet that really respects all religions ...I believe in "live and let llive". Islam is not the only religion that has little respect for women and the role they play in every society. Altho women have progressed in some ways, there is much work to be done. Women could play more of a role in helping to maintain peace in this world if only given a chance.

    January 16, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jericho

    .....Islam does not promote Suicide bombings, this is totally against a peaceful religion in which certain people who are fallen away from the true meaning of the teachings of the Quran. Iranians are not Muslims they are Persian. For many years Sunni's have stayed away from the Shia's mostly Iranian and they're beliefs are very radical. Please people try to educate yourselves on the true meaning of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim, don't get caught up in the hype with the media exploiting Islam as a radical religion. Respect one and another and fear God and no one else. Peace!!1

    January 16, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. jack sattani

    islam is good religion but few people name bad of islam , because of few group islam is hatred by other religion if you see history of islam well discipline mannerd religion in the name of allah what they do is not correct how long this will go nobodys know

    January 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ali

    When we humans learns to live in peace? It is been centuries of hatred. I understand the reason why peope can be mad with each other. some one took some one's life, one country is built on occupied terrritory on some one's else land.
    Some humans are driven away from their home by force. WHY...WHY.... Some one claims to be chosen by hypothetical God to rule the world...WHY?
    Why cant we all live in peace on this planet.
    Why there should be occupation of some one's homeland. Why there should be fighting .. why should be taking revenge in the name of any religion. why should one religion be superiror than any other...why?
    When will we think of this...After the human race is wiped out of the planet by killing each other?
    People we need to stop drinking Vodka and start thinking.....Before we all are extinct.
    I understand without Justice there is no peace........... So cant Justice be carried out peacefully? No oppressor/Agrressor in the human history lived for ever. Slavery was carried for centuries it ended eventually. We live in era of financial slavery... This will end soon too. There will be some other slavery.....may be religious slavery...
    NO RELIGION (IF IT IS A RELIGION) preaches to hate humans......
    I think i know the answer:
    POWER....... MONEY..........SEX......... It is the answer to all questions.

    January 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gad

    Former President Bush, have said it all 'we are not fighting Islam(please ask why didnt he say buddhism, hinduism,judaism etc) but Terrorism'.Those who indoctrinate with force and resist those who convert from their religion with 'mercy killing' or death in whatever form, should not be complaining when someone equate Islam with Terrorism.Please we cannot be fooled simply because you call your religion PEACE.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Shawn

    ignorance is bliss. Majority of un-educated people tent to be muslims who only are able to get any sort of education from a religous schools. Who teach to hate. Its just wrong that people who are supposely the preacher of god's words are mis-educating the ignorant people to do whatever they personally feel.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    One must realize and analyze that the so called news agencies CNN and FOX will never report on the real issues us fellow Americans are seeking. Just like the CIA, CNN and FOX have there own agendas they follow, and all reporters must go through a checks and balances checklist before any story hits the air, radio, internet. Is there anybody out there not afraid to confront these big name corportations and government and expose the real truths that have been hidden or destroyed from the American Public?

    January 13, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tomtom

    The CIA was just either careless, or stupid, in this incident.
    First, you don't trust a double agent, especially one from the other side.
    By the very fact that he is a double agent, you know his loyalties are, for want of a better word, "infirm".
    Second, why did nobody "shake" him ?
    Reminds me of a case in the US of police officers bringing in a murder suspect and not patting him down.
    He had a .45 hidden in his crotch, and promptly shot himself in the head once left alone.
    Third, why were there so many agents with him, and why is a sensitive meeting like that being done off-base ? These third questions were already asked by others, but worth bringing up again because they are valid observations by men who have experience in the field.
    Now, good men are dead.
    When will we learn ?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wonderkid

    The big question which still baffles me is this – why is it so easy to kill in the name of islam?

    January 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Denise Matthews

    Why doesn't CNN pursue this allegation that the CIA is more concerned with protecting corporate interests and drug profits than protection against terrorists? Obviously there are a lot of people who are cynical about the CIA's role and competence. Any chance of investigative reporting into the claim of increased opium trade?

    January 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    There is no doubt that an agenda exists within the corporate and underworldworld and the CIA is the protection company for their means. I know they are involved in placing money back into the financial system from drugs and other illegal ventures.
    This is why President Truman had a hard time approving their continued existence after WW 11.

    Minimal efforts were made to dispose of the Bin Laden enterprises due to the profitibality of the region from drugs and potential pipeline agreements in the region for gas.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bill

    I agree with zipit, also may I point out 8 children were killed, execution style, some handcuffed, by our war machine. Not a word about that. I can tell you if it were my children I would want revenge, oh, I guess Avenging is the property of CIA. What the hell are we doing? Government, Police, Military are not your friends and they are not going to give up any of their power, if you don't start voting out all incumbents every election, demand the clean up of the justice department, etc, etc, etc., this country is doomed. You don't have to be radical and join far left or right, take a deep breath and vote against even the nice guys, if you can believe there are nice guyes in public service, From the bottom up they are all crooks, not just a few bad apples.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    I agree with the #5 writer, in regards to the drugs.Back in the 1960,s drugs were flown in the B-52's fron overseas to Sawler Air Force Base in Michigan. This was comman knowledge.It sure makes one wonder about one's Gov.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Finn

    You treat your base like a bubble. The people the CIA bomber mixed with people outside the base who could have had him wired, w/o the bomber evening knowing and caused the deaths of even more U.S. personnel. Even though you may befriend someone, you don't know the allegiances or oathes this someone has made before even meeting you. There are proven tests one can run before trusting someone. The casualness that takes over, once the bullets stop flying, is amazing.

    January 10, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jenmo

    This statement makes me laugh

    "In the wake of the suicide bombing last week, new security guidance has gone out to U.S. bases across Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said."

    You mean these SECURITY GUIDANCES were not made after 911? I would love to hear the CIA for once to say we screwed up big time, and we will fire people for their actions, send in undercover agents to test the CIA.

    HOw about the CIA not hire employees based on how they hired in the 1950's....maybe diversity in the CIA would help.

    January 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Richard

    How is it possible for a terrorist to get the knowledge and be able to get that close to a CIA intelligence group with a high official from Jordan?

    January 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mr. Common Sense

    At least with a religion one can tell who is killing who in the name of whatever.

    January 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sean

    I strongley believe that everyone resembleing the muslim relgion 'the way they dress or act" should be singled out and treat like a possible terroist! I ratHer be labled as a profiler than be killed by a un educated muslim that calls themselfs a MARTYR! And if anyone-one else beieves different, pack it up and move back there and see what it's like! This is AMERICA! Its a shame that we let them, attack us and then YOU SHOUT " RIGHTS, FAIR TRIAL ?? ETC" IF YOU KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE AND CLAIM SOME BS RELIGION YOU THEN SHOULD FEEL THE RATH OF THE TRUE GOD

    January 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Zippit

    Everyone is missing the big picture here. The fact the the also 7 CIA operatives were killed by the very same guy with affiliations that they were supposed to be gathering intelligence about, and that now this underwear bomber guy slipping through like a hot knife through butter did what he did; illustrate the picture perfectly. The CIA is not out there to protect the American citizens, but to further enforce their own covert operations that have nothing to do with our national interest. They are just the armed extension of the wealthy Oil and Corporate Industry. The death of the CIA operatives was just Karma at work, to show people how they are unable to even protect themselves, because THEY ARE NOT LOOKING obviously, they never were. They are pressing forward with their own agenda of fighting for the greedy. Have you asked yourself why Afghanistan is now producing record opium crops 2000% (two thousand!) higher than before the US invasion?
    The Afghan opium trade has exploded since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, following a lull after the Taliban had imposed a crackdown. According to the U.N., the drug trade is now worth $65 billion.
    As Professor Michel Chossudovsky has highlighted in a series of essays, the explosion of opium production after the invasion was about the CIA’s drive to restore the lucrative Golden Crescent opium trade that was in place during the time when the Agency were funding the Mujaheddin rebels to fight the Soviets, and flood the streets of America and Britain with cheap heroin, destroying lives while making obscene profits.

    January 8, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  21. clara

    violence is violence, no matter where it comes from.

    January 8, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  22. Gin

    It is not surprising to hear of a *educated* person be used to carry out a suicide mission. It shows and sends the message of resentment and hate in the educated vs poverty. Cowardly to use other lives for a supposed just cause and waste of a valuable person with skill to save lives.

    January 8, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  23. Habib

    Tell this to Islamic Republic of Iran or so called Iranian government who are killing its own people in the name Islam. Shame on IRI !!!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. fatih ilhan

    A true Muslim does not kill any innocent time.Suicide attacks have no place in Islam.Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |