January 18th, 2010
08:02 AM ET

Photos of attack in Kabul

Explosions and gunfire shook central Kabul about 9:20 a.m. Monday in an attack that killed five and injured dozens of others. These photos show some of the destruction in the center of Kabul taken by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The UNAMA has uploaded more photos to their Flickr site here.

Attack in Kabul: 18 January 2010

Attack in Kabul: 18 January 2010

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  1. Alyssa Thompson

    I also suffer from panic attacks and i can manage it by deep and slow breathing. i also practice meditation.. ~

    April 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. grunt

    Michael Robinson it sounds to me like you simply want to see combat, just being honest. once you get their u will see that the country is the last thing on your mind. is there something stoping you from enlisting? if u really want to help go to a marine or army recruiter and ask for the INFANTRY. You will get your wish more than likley unless you have a felony or a domestic violence case, and if you dont get to go dont worry about it. Be the best supporter of our guys and give them a hand if you are in that position. And remember that war sometimes destroys a man, when you come home and can only sleep in the closet becuz thats the only place that feels safe,think about how that will effect your wife or family. i know the feeling,i have been there. god bless . oif combat infantryman

    February 14, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tim H

    re: "your are right, US should stabalize the border between Afghanistan and Pasistan."
    yeah, because the US is SO good at securing its own borders...
    No offense meant to our miltary, but the soldiers there now are not much more than targets. Who are they fighting? anyone and everyone that doesn't like us? If the CIA would do their job, they would find Bin Laden, kill him, and then we can get the h@|| outta there.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |

    The Taliban and Al Quida get their weapons and ammunition from Muslim countries in the region along ancient trade and smuggling routes from Iran to Pakistan. Logistics interdiction is always effective IF DONE RIGHT in an insurgency. We tried it in Vietnam but were that successful. I was there and read the intel reports.

    Most insurgents spend 80% or more of their time collecting beans and bullets. Sealing the border with Pakistan sounds good on paper but it would be the same as sealing the Rockies or Sierras from the West and Eastern part of the country. Too many mountains and too few troops.

    The insurgency and those with comments need to read Mao and they will understand how the Taliban thinks. Fix the corruption in Afghanistan, seal the truck routes, interdict the borders, and keep the Taliban away from the villages that feed them and you can beat them.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Blue Shift

    As a serviceman currently serving in Iraq, I think quite a few people believe a little too much of the news. Negative stories sell better, hence why so little of news coverage is positive. And the situation is certainly not the grim doomsday scenario so many people here seem to think it is.

    Al-Qaeida has lost in Iraq, though they would rather die (literally) than admit it. A few scant holdouts remain, though they now operate more out of spite than any actual attack plan. Do we still get occasionally mortared or sniped at? Sure. But as Al-Qaeida has already learned, this has done nothing to halt or even hinder our operations here. The Iraqi government has become much more stabilized, and is no longer the house of cards ready to blow away if someone sneezed too hard. The Iraqis themselves want us to leave not out of spite or malice, but simply because they want to run their own government for themselves, which is perfectly understandable. They are grateful for our help, but now they just want to stand on their own two feet.

    The whole war on terror concept can be frustrating I know, but wanting to isolate ourselves and bury our heads in the sand will not magically make these problems go away. These cowardly individuals we are fighting do not simply hate us because of our presence in the Middle East, they hate us because of what we represent and who we support. Make no mistake, this will not be a quick and easy war, but it is a necessary one.

    On a final note, I urge you all to keep your troops and leaders in your prayers, even if you do not necessarily support the policies therein. These are the individuals who have dedicated their time and lives to serve you the people, and to ensure that the freedoms such as you are expressing now continue to endure. Your support and prayers mean so much to us, even if you may not see it.

    P.S. as for those who dislike the military, I'd like to address them with one of my favorite quotes: If you don't want to be behind us, you're welcome to be in front of us.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Colin

    Three words that will win the war in Afghanistan: Buy the Opium!

    It is that simple. Stop trying to fight the Taliban/Warlords/Corrupt officials/Drug traffickers and instead take away the source of all their money and power.

    Most Afghans are rural the the only way that you will ever gain their long term allegiance is by offering a long-term, stable source of income. Well, opium is all that grows out there and it is all they know. So why fight it? Do what the British did through East India Trading company and conquer through trade.

    The American pharmaceutical industry uses vast quantities of the stuff to create opiates like Vicodin, Codeine, etc, and the price of the raw product in Afghanistan is so low that it could be resold at a profit.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. muffdive

    I respect all your comments! This is bottom line – our so called friends and some not are our enemies. US helped defeat WW2 and demanded countries give dominions held by French, Brits, Dutch, Belgians, Portugeese, etc. their independance. And they did – Africa became a 95% open pit sewer, like Haiti. Liberians killing each other by the millions eating their human bush meat. But the persecuted Jews formed the state of Israel on their rightful land defeating any opposition. Israel formed, US openly supported it to main rich Arab Saudi Arabia objections and Arab wannabees. The Arabs don't want US or Israel in that part of the world! Guaranteed, bar none, all Arab countries and factions like Fatah, Jihad, Hezbollah etc are trying to bring them down by giving money, armament etc. Their cries became Muslim, Jihad, Infidels to bring armies against US and Israel! Russia also helping Arabs because US was downfall of Commie Empire and Afganistan. Economically Japan first, later Korea and Taiwan, now China destroyed our economy with other countries getting small pieces of it! We War Drain Our Treasury and Future and Starve Thru Countries Destroying Our Economy! Those countries do not have private enterprise like US but are iron-fisted rulled by state. GET IT!

    January 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Richard Wisecarver

    Hi Art-Yes, what is the story. First hand accounts of our accomplishments add to the real story. Afghanistan is a violent place and I truly admire the tribal way of life, but the tribal way of life is the antitheses of nation building. There is no good answer for their problems. Their potential as a nation is incredible but it will mean the end of the tribal way of life in the end. Our Indian Wars were cruel and inhumane, but they brought the end of the tribal powers of the American Indian, and allow for a prosperous America to develop. I still am not sure the price was worth the loss of such cultural tradtions. Perhaps the people of Afghanistan should some how make a united decision about whether they what the benefits of a modern world or continue in their rich tribal traditions. Each has a price to pay. I just don't like to see young men die for tribes unsure of what they want. Richhard

    January 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard Wisecarver

    Hi TgirlAlex, Yes we should bring all our boys and all our money home and quit trying to save the world. we can deliver guided missiles and bombs to any threat in the world. We should also bring our missionaries and investments home as well. In fact, Americans should stay home as well. Unfortunatelly neither missionaries, investments nor tourists will stay home and they will drag us in foreign intrigues and foreign involvements. What is the answer? Use your vote intelligently. Learn and think about the real issues of the world and the nation. We are a democracy and we are responsible for the behavior of our government. Bringing religion into government is a national tragedy and we should learn by observing the nations of the world that do. Christian sects have slaughtered each other and still do in some cases. Muslim sects slaughter each other and continue to do so. They do so while complaining about each other. The behavior of both faiths in the Sudan and Nigeria is incredibly sad. The violence commited by the Sunni Taliban against the Shia Hazara and Ismaili Shia and the resulting acts of revenge only expanded the poverty of their regions. Who cares how my neighbors worship. Richard

    January 24, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard Wisecarver

    Hi Raffik, really curious about what you think America should do. The world including Muslilm leaders whined when we left the Afghans to their own devices after the Soviets left and the slaughter in Afghanistan got even worse. We got blamed because we did not intervene. Now we intervene to stability and security to Afghanistan after we disempowered the Taliban for hiding the the men who carried out 9/11. Enough of the crusdaer garbage. Muslims hve led their own crusades and I am neither Christian nor Jew. Quick whining- or you might start a jihad you won't like. We should take all our boys home and let those tribes that what to slaughter each other do so. The wars between the various Shite sects and their wars with the Sunni are just like the wars between the Christian sects. When did they stop? America's last civil War ended in 1865 and our Indian Wars in 1890. Peace in the USA is our source of wealth. Does this make any sense? Richard

    January 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheOnlyOne

    yeah, u must find Osama BinLaden. Better start in White House, because hi's doesen't

    See "the Obama Deception" in google.

    together,not one over second

    There isn't something like war for peace,olny diplomacy

    I hope that u wake UP !

    January 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pete

    A war is not winnable when one side is following a set of self imposed rules and the other is not. Winning in afganistan being the nice guy is slowly bleeding the economy of this country like an open sore and will continue to do so. The deficit is climbing so fast they are talking about changing the ceiling so more money can be borrowed. Hind site is 20/20 and it's easy to look at how we got where we are, question is how can we get out. Don't know if the war is winnable but I do know the economy can't stand another 7 years of it. One way oor the other it needs closure soon.

    January 24, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rafiq

    Everyone forgets the real story: Don't you know that America is exporting democracy?
    Like the Spanish colonizers of a long time ago: Become Christians or die. Now it is become democrats or we will send you our air force, we are of course 'sorry' about the 'collateral damage'...

    January 24, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dale

    Folks, two points no one seems to grasp or wants to admit within the US foreign policy establishment. When I worked in Afghanistan in 2006 (and I am currently writing this from Baghdad, but that's another story)I made two immediate observations:
    -The concept of "winning" this war is absurd. We are fighting an idealogy. We will not "convert" these people to another way of thinking, and everytime a Hellfire strike kills a high value target (and usually some of his relatives), we create dozens of more fanatics. The best we can hope for is maintaining a moderately secular govt in Kabul who can provide basic services for their people like security. But, there will be no unconditional surrendering by the Taliban. They are true believers in their religion and way of life, and the bottom line is they have no other place to go. As for Al Qaeda, they will merely move to other failed states like Yemen or Somalia to continue their operations...

    -Second, the US military is refighting Vietnam all over again. Anyone with any grasp of military history could see it in an instant: a committed enemy that can hide in plan view and retreat to sanctuary in another country, our installation of forward operating bases (ie: FOB Tillman)to try to stem Taliban infiltrations but are increasingly coming under direct attack(they should just rename some of them Khe Sanh II or Dien Biem Pu) themselves. Control the countryside by patrols, then lose that control back to the Taliban once the Humvees depart. An escalatory strategy to try and control yet more countryside but will also only be temporary for the reason above and eventually stop due to decreasing popular support for the war. And now possibly, we are coming to the final stage. One of my primary concerns was God help us if the Taliban ever got a history of the Tet offensive translated into Pashtun. Well they must have, because if this weeks complex attacks in Kabul (not the random suicide bombings that occured when I was there) are an indicator that they are going to bring the fight to the urban areas, the end will be approaching for both the US commitment and the Karzai government and we may again see images of helicopters rescuing Americans from the roof of an American embassy....

    January 24, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    Weapons and trained fighters are not only supplied from inside Afghanistan and from Pakistan. Be mindful that Iran is also actively training and equipping resistance fighters.

    January 24, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  16. dayday

    SamNorth, your are right, US should stabalize the border between Afghanistan and Pasistan. Just as you said, there is no way to rely on Pakistan goverment since US alread gave millions dollars to them but got nothing back.

    But the piont is , by do you know how many soilders would be needed for controling a thousand mile long boder? Even a hundred thousand solders is far from enough. The US general at Afghanistan absolutely understand this much much better than us. But understanding is useless.

    January 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Art

    I hear you "Connie "and I understand. I'am a veteran,but there is another side to this story. A story that is taking us nowhere fast.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  18. SamNorth

    That's the best plan I have heard. We should stabalize the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. AS we all know that the Taliban is a Pakistani creation to control Afghanistan and keep it from stablizing. And yes the Taliban was created with the corrdinaton of the Pakistani Secret Service (ISI) and Benazir Bhutto. SO blocking the border would prevent these Taliban from entering Afghanistan and creating chaos. We are giving billoins in aid money to Pakistan for nothing. They are just eating up the billions and transfering it to accounts in the Swiss and other places. The US can win the war but does it really want to is the question? At the end, all governments are corrupt including the US. It just that we call it "Lobbying" in the US and corruption elsewhere. We are pouring billions of aid money into rebuidling a nation that is overrun by contractors. The contractors are another reason why its taking so long to bring any change. Contractors have milked the aid money so much that at the end a road that actually takes a week to pave, but it ends up taking 10 weeks. SO there is alot we can do differently to improve things and make it.

    January 23, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  19. TGirlAlex

    This is Obama's War and he's no better than Bush in escalating the quagmires know as Afghanistan and Pakistan into a full blown conflict. Pity the poor GIs who wind up suffering for a lost cause, at once both pathetic and tragic. Brace yourself, America, because Obama's ineptitude will manifest in Haiti, as well, another truly futile attempt. Sad, sad, sad....

    January 23, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  20. Richard Wisecarver

    Yeah! Afghanistan is very confusing and rightfully so. Even the media reps and our soldiers in Afghanistan know very little about the nation they are fighting for or reporting on. They appear to know very little about the different tibal and eithic groups, history, or local or national politics in Afghanistan. No one can deny the courage and efforts of the foreign soldiers in Afghanistan to bring stability, but their ignorance of their environment makes their job very difficult. Media reporting is equally difficult. Ignorance makes it extremely difficult to give Americans a picture of what is really happening in Afghanistan. The recent fighting in Kabul looks like a successful reaction by the Afghan police and army to a major Taliban attack. However, the first reaction by the media was a panic over the actual attack. Demands by the American government on Karzai are totally unrealistic. American style Democracy and tribal politics have a great deal in common and a great deal not in common. Government corruption and favoritism by tribal leaders create angry groups and individuals who provide a source recruits for anti-government organizations and bands of bandits. Knowledgable leadership in our military and media reps would help matters and save lives, but who cares about knowledge.

    January 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. omgamike

    It is the duty of each and every American to question the government. We need to pull all of our soldiers out of both Iraq and Afghanistan. We have, for way too long, tried to be the world's policeman. We can no longer afford this. We have too many problems at home which must be dealt with - and in my own humble opinion, are much more important than these two countries.

    These "wars" are bankrupting us. Hundreds of thousands of people, both terrorists as well as innocent civilians, have lost their lives. All as a payback for the loss of three thousand Americans on 9/11. The lives lost, the tens of thousands of people maimed for life, are way out of proportion to the number of lives we sought to avenge.

    In the name of "terrorism", we have daily seen our rights and liberties curtailed, all in the name of "securing" the homeland. And the surrender of all of these rights and liberties, in addition to thousands of lives lost, and trillions in national treasure. And, tragically, we are no more secure than when all of this started.

    Bring our brave men and women back home and let these people that hate us, solve their own problems, in their own way.

    January 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Connie

    I read all the comments that are made regarding the war in Afghanistan daily and everyone to their own opinion. My son is currently serving in Afghanitan,and no, we don't know what's going on except through the media, My heart stops everytime the news announces "soldiers killed in Afghanistan" and that's enough for me to hear. If I knew what my son and his unit, together with all the other Troops were faced with everyday, I'd never sleep, it's hard enough as it is. We are faced with so much here in the US, and all people do is complain about every single insignificant thing they can think of! I'm sick of it! Following his first week of deployment he wrote, and I quote "Sleep well........America's finest are at worK". That's all anyone needs to know!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nazir

    Lets seize the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan so that no one can enter from Pakistan to Afghanistan. This is a possible solution to avoid such incidents to happen again if ignorants beleive it was from Pakistan. One more thing, Pakistan does not manufacture weapons, who does I guess we civilized people in North America truly know. if we dont than its a shame.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  24. William T. Taylor

    I am not knowledgable of true events, and I am confident most responses are based on second hand information.......not reliable. But I am becoming more aware of how extremely different public opinion is on many many issues.......it's hard to believe that we can see something simple so extremely different......how can we possibly imagine compromising on serious issues. So my point is fighting and arguing until someone wins is not the priority focus.......we must learn to ccmpromise and see more similar......I know that seems impossible, but it's got to be easier that death and destruction. (I do support military action when threatened.) How can we become more similar? How can we get more and more people to think that way?

    January 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Paul

    people you sicken me. instead of arguing the issues you spell check people and criticise one another. we invaded iraq so what. old news, yeah it was wrong but so was taking people from another country just to serve as our slaves for 200 hundred years. Or forcing christianity down the throughts of the native americans. Neither was killing hundreds of innocent women because we had preconseptions that they were fornicating with the devil.
    The honest truth is we are a country founded on richiousness carried out through eniquity and death. Everyone of you stands in the same situation active duty or not. we are fighting a war that has been fought for thousands of years. There is no end, and there will be no proper resolution until someone can pull this nation together wich to be quite frank is impossible. Most of the people that have posted these comments, including myself, are doing nothing but furthering the decline of our own country. The sad thing is none of you care to do nothing but speak on the matter when it comes to actually doing something about the issues at hand we will do nothing.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dodie ~ California

    First of all, this is not a war on terrorists. That is all propaganda by our large Oil companies. We had no terrorists until we started sending troops to the Middle East in the late 1970s, early 1980s and killing many innocent Muslim people. Anyone ever remember any terrorists from the Middle East in the 1950s or 1960s? No!

    Because this is a war based on “oil” we need to do several things: Reduce our dependence on foreign oil! We are the Saudi ‘guard dogs’ because of their tremendous and inexpensive oil. The Oil industry wants a back up source just in case the Saudi’s decide not to ship the US oil; hence, Iraq and now Afghanistan as they have the second largest known oil resource in the world.

    It is very simple! This is all about our dependence on foreign oil driven by our huge and powerful oil companies!! Why is this so difficult for people to see?

    January 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Maiwand'Rashed'

    in my opinion if this situation go on as it is we will not be hopfull for the future of afghanistan. as a resident of afghanistan i wana tell you that afghanistan is not my country we are the Eroupian colony we are not a self safecient country as the other country are and i dont see any thing for the condition of Aghanistan (no Democracy.no peace.no. future

    maiwandrashed from kabuL- Afghanistan-Cinam

    January 22, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  28. Northern Neighbor

    hello america, you guys have dragged us into your ugly war and my fellow canadians are
    dieing there with you. Afghans blame Pakistan, Pakistanis blame India and america, Americans
    blame everybody. Why couldnt the CIA quietly after 911 go in surgically eliminate the people responsible for the attack rather than anounce to the world "here we come your A$@
    is grass!!!" Its been 10 yrs now of war. IF the US won tommorrow great better late than never
    but would they really have won?? 10 yrs of war??? By the way great propaganda machine down there in the US works up here too. We are really railed up here too !!! USA ! USA ! USA!!! 200 years of history fighting for liberty and freedom all earsed in past 10 years.
    Great american Ben Franklin said "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." I love those old americans. what happened to you all.

    January 22, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  29. Akbar

    They are three different sources of weapons:

    1. Weapons stolen from convoys which are bringing supplies for ISAF / US forces.
    2. Poor Afghan soldiers after getting training and weapons from US forces, they are selling it in the open market. Taleban are buying it. Indian Intelligence RnW with the help if Drug mafias are financing that.
    3. Taleban are using russian weapons which is almost available in unlimited supplies.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  30. DR AZMAT

    i am unable to understand why is america fighting some bodies else war and y should america help or fight some one else war were are the weapons of mass destruction in iraq and how come a uneducated illetrate be a threat to america y not leave them at there own .and america take care of their own problems

    January 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jake in the US


    If you are so stuck on proper english and such, why not go read a book and talk to yourself as you are the only intelligent one among us.

    For the rest.......
    Taliban are an idealogical group supported by mainly by Pakistan's secret service. This support is somewhat how Pakistan keeps a shaky control over the tribal regions in it's own country and how they can help manipulate the Afgan govt. The taliban became our enemy by their support of Osama bin Laden during taliban countrol of Afganistan after 911. If the 911 conspiracy had not been rooted in Afganistan, I would bet we would not be there currently and the taliban would still be in power in Afganistan and we wouldn't care.

    The main problem with this war is that the US will not be brutal enough to win it. Wars are not nice, but we are too afraid of being viewed as barbarians to unleash the military capabilities that we have.

    Once again wars are not nice and before you go about trying to control a society which doesn't particularly want you there with this winning the hearts and minds of the people, you have no chance to win. Brutality is much better understood by these combatiants. Why do you think the Pakistan military is not allowing news people to follow them? My bet is that they are not being nice.


    January 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. alan

    Would all of you posters with a second grade education learn to spell and check your grammer. It is hard to take serious a lot of the ignorant ravings written on these posts. Some of you are just plain dumb, Sandanistas fighting the Iranians for 100's of years ? Russians invading California is this what America's education system has turned out ? if so we are in much more trouble than anyone has ever imagined ! Please read a book, take a class educate yourselves !

    January 21, 2010 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  33. Bryce

    I am former US Marine and now US contractor working in Afghanistan. The Afghan people are worth the effort. They are hardy, independent, and entrpeneurial. Afghanisatn is a multi-cultural nation. This country has been at war for over 30 years and its people are exhausted. If someone cab offer a real chance at peace and prosperity most Afghans will accept it regardless of ideology. Unfortunately, the US efforts so far have been half measures that oon't build confidence in eventual victory. Afghan's are not sure that NATO and the US have the will to prevail. Setting dates for withdrawl only make the situation worse. Fight this war to win or get out. To be successful anf earn the Afghan peoples truct and loyalty requires way more than 30,000 additional troops. McCrystals's original number was more on the mark. If we want to win here it is going to be a long fight. Setting a withdrawal date of 2011 is an admission of defeat. The best model for the future is South Korea, a properous democracy where US troops remain today more than 50 years later. In summary, fight this war to win or get out. We owe this to so many of our very best that gave all to defend our freedaom.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Active Duty


    Obviously you have never sacrificed anything (not even the time to study the english language). Is our current enemy in Afghanistan (the Taliban) the same global threat (a joke anyway) like Al Queda, if you are busy searching for the answer online my friend, it is no. They are two entirely different entities and enemies of the state. You are ignorant, but you are welcome for you're freedom of speach and other constitutional rights.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Tim

    to all that say for us to pull out of the war, guess what when sept 11 happened we wasn't at war with them, we wasn't on there hollyland, Nor was we there the first time they tried to blow up the world trade center. They didnt mind us funding them to beat russia, but the extremist really dont care about anyone. We are all to think like them period. Stop b@#ching about us being over there. Finish the job then come home.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  36. rama

    Hi, USA,

    Why are you guys fighting a war in Afgan, you are fighting a war without any body help, it is the headache of all the people of the world, if US will leave the afgan all the country's will feel the heat of taliban and then they will look at USA to get help, then you guys can lead the war, if you are going alone you guys have to spend all your money and valuable life's of soldiers, which you dont have TO because this taliban or afgan people have nothing to loose but others have, they are complicated they dont understand what they want, American guys what did you got till now, even though you guys are fighting for good everybody blaming you, once you stop the war then the world will recognize what you have done.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  37. rrock

    Why are we spending a trillion dollars a year on the military so we can start wars and prop up corrupt governments? Terrorists exist through out the world, including the US. Are we going to invade all the countries we don't like and bring democracy to all the countries that don't want it? Are we going to waste trillions of dollars chasing ghosts while the rest of the world spends their money at home so they can win the economic war with us and provide real benefits to their citizens. How many soldiers lives are worth supporting a corrupt government in Afghanistan?

    January 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Active Duty

    As opposed to asking why are we not invading this place or that place and expanding the war against a truely faceless enemy why are you not asking why we don't pull out and revert back to the good old days of isolationism. After a decade of us tending to what lies within our own borders and buying our country back from China (and others), the rest of the world will be screaming for our support as opposed to hating us for it.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  39. Mike

    Do you think that this war helps to stilumalte our economy on the homefront?

    January 20, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  40. Paul

    First off we use to have a democracy I would say we have turned into a romanic republic. our nation is in the trash. Unemployment levles are outragious. Social unrest is at its highest. Probably because evryone in the nation is tired of the puppets we have all became. We work our asses off to live in a house with central a/c, heat, have a car. and most of us are so stuck on beating the johnsons. We have lost site of the ideals that this country was founded on. Life, Liberty and,The pursuit of happiness. Now instead of pursuing happiness. We are all overweight and overstressed by the economic heardships our own govorment put us through. We pay more taxes than should even be legal, and we are supposed to be content? I wish this country were ran by PEOPLE instead of desisions made to make us look good. "The america that cares.". Right! the only thing most of us care about is padding our already fat wallets. you dont have to be a christian to have heard that old golden rule love thy neighbor.... now i would say it is more like. love thy neighbor until you get what you want from him. We all discus what is going on in the middle east with a pretentious attitude. I will tell you now if we dont start focusing inwards we will surely fall faster than George Bush's approval ratings. And i know as well as the rest of you that there is more going on behind the scenes of this global soap opera than we will ever know. The sad part is a majority of americans dont care they are happy just arguing the issues instead of taking a stand. What happened to tanacity? what happened to hard work? WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM? Unfortunatly we have lost its true meaning. The only was to get it back is a mass renaissance. Noone has the ability anymore to say what they feel truly. What gets me is instead of saying what we should we say what we need to to get were we feel like we need to be. Kill the individual. We need to work as a country, not to further our ideals or spread democracy. Not convert to christianity. But to win. To further our impact as a nation. A nation of free thinkers who acctualy did something, who stood up and said we refuse to let our country die for an unjust cause. At least i know i dont want to die especialy when we dont even know what is going on. We might bicker back and forth over this all night but the fact remains the same we have changed and if america dosent get back on track we might as well kiss our lavish lifestyle goodbye, and welcome decadence.

    January 20, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  41. Lisa

    To Muhammed Ali McFinney and H. Khan, instead of telling people how stupid they are, please enlighten them. Back your words up with some substance. This might jump start your "proper discussion."

    January 20, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  42. lee smith

    Another cowardly act by the taliban. All they want to do is kill. It would not surprise me if thet decided to attack Haiti next!!! They are the most heartless and cruel people living. Instead of going to paradise-they will be in hell along with allaha looking for a drink of water if they don't turn and change their ways.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  43. The Professor

    Fight and kill the al Quida - OK
    Building off-shore nations - DUMB! That is a Republican idea.
    Buy their oil - Why not.
    Find an alternative to fossel fuels ASAP - You bet!
    Spend our money in research to find that oil alternative - YES
    Then tell the middle-east to take their oil and stuff it.
    CAnada and Mexico supply the majority of our oil.
    Our own oil shale could supple as much as Canada does IF we are willing to pay the price.

    Raise your hand if you would react positively when a foreigner invaded the USA and forced their ideas for "good government"down your throat? These people have been in-fighting for hundreds of years. AND - These people live as "tribes" and want none of our so-called democracy.

    Lets get the heck out of the middle east.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Tim

    Or... pull our troops out, pull our humanitarian people out, pull the food and supplies out that we give them, and let them eat rocks.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  45. sylvia meyer

    I think that we need to pull out all of our soldiers and let these people find their own peace.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  46. H. Khan

    I must agree with Muhammad Ali McFinney.
    None of the commentators knows what they're talking about. Get a little educated on politics and history and then come back to have a proper discussion.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Sharon


    The Taliban militants attack–al-Queda attacks-they have cleverly worked together–but appear to be separate.

    They have played America long enough. It is time for our troops to come home–this area isn't stable–wouldn't ever be stable-until a force like the Iranian Guards storm and possess the land.

    If America isn't prepared to do the same–then we don't need to be over there!

    January 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Peter

    Your grasp of history is shocking.

    The SANDINISTA were a NICARAGUAN revolutionary group. That is related to the CONTRA in IRAN/CONTRA.

    Can't tell if your post was a joke or not.

    and yes taliban were an ISI creation, not a 1 to 1 result of the mujaheddin parties.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Smith

    Mr Jay.. I wish the world is as simple as you view. Good comparision but let me fill in some missing details in between your story of Russia invading California.

    You made a group of few people, got arms from, say Mexicao drug cartel and started fighting Russian. Along the way you also killed fellow citizens who did not belive in your thinking, blew up the schools that were teaching that you thought is not correct, forced young girls to marry your team member whom you liked, and stole your neighbours cars, captured their homes, stole bank all because you had the right as you are fighting enemy.

    Hope you can visualize the condition and the situation there a little better now.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  50. Muhammad Ali McFinney

    As a Irish-Muslim I can see by reading all these remarks that there is not a one of you who know what you are talking about.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  51. Merranda

    Remember to love our soilders and that it takes someone special to do this job. It is a calling NOT a service. And we only know what the news tells us and how much of that is able to be believed.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  52. Ali

    Taliban is nurtured by Pakistan and funded by the Petro Dollars earned by Saudi. Both are supposedly with the USA in the warn on terrorism. Let us acknowledge the fact that the CIA helped them become powerful, but that was only till the Soviets ran away from Afghanistan.

    The war on terror should be aiming for parts of Pakistan, including its infamous spy agency and army – the root of the mess.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  53. Naseer Ahmad Oriakhail

    The world specially US have to dicide something to do with Pakistan, there is the source of everything happen bad in Afghanistan from pervious till present.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  54. Kurt

    Some of you say we should attack Pakistan. Let's consider what that means. Pakistan has a population of 160,000,000+ and a fairly large military. They are also a nuclear power with several delivery systems. They may not be perfect allies in the war on terror but they ARE allies. Additionally the areas where the Taliban are operating are some of the most rugged mountains in the world. I've been to Pakistan on two occasions and have traveled up the Karakoram Highway. This is a highway they try to keep open and it still is blocked to travel at least once a week. I can imagine just how easy it would be to prevent vehicles from penetrating into those area where interdiction is being considered. A tough place to fight a war.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  55. mark

    troy this is how it really was not your twisted version....

    the sandinistas were the socialists party the ruled in nicaragua, the arms and money that we got from selling arms to iran was funneled to the contras that were fighting the nicaraguans from their bases in honduras and costa rica. the groups fighting the russians were not the sandinistas they were different factions of the mujahadeen, the taliban spun out of these groups in the 90's after the russians had left,

    here is how the taliban came about After several years of devastating fighting, a village mullah organized a new armed movement with the backing of Pakistan. This movement became known as the Taliban ("students" in Arabic), referring to the Saudi-backed religious schools known for producing extremism. Veteran mujahideen were confronted by this radical splinter group in 1996.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  56. jay

    Before you get upset over Afghanistan or Pakistan and blame all these people fighting let me give you a scenario. Say you are from California and the Russians take over California. And you are fighting to get the Russians off your land. Now you are termed as the terrorist because you are fighting the Russians. And the Russians cannot figure out why you are fighting them because they are here in your land to help you and live with you.State of Arizona comes to your aid in fighting the Russians. Now they become the bad guys along with you and the Russians wants to blow them up because they cannot figure out why State of Arizona is helping you. hope you are with me.
    Now replace this scenario with California = Afghanistan,/ Russians = US, /State of Arizona = Pakistan,/ and yourself( termed as terrorist) = Taliban(an Afghanistan resident). Hope you can visualize the condition and the situation there a little better now.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Arian Mossa

    There's gotta be some kind of connections between the Talibs and Afghan soldiers...how did they manage to carry all the ammunition inside?....

    It was an inside plan. But they failed.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Wajiha

    Why No one is attaking Pakistan???/ All the Talibans are there and their sources are all in Pakistan. World has to make a Big Decission about the Pakistan attak and STOP the taliban's sources!

    January 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Troy

    That is an interesting question; where are the taliban getting the weapons? Well, let's educate those that are not aware and I'm not being arrogant but the following is history and truth; The Taliban was formally known as the Sandonista Rebels which has fought the iranians for hundreds of years. When Russia invaded Afganistan the Sandonista Rebels were the major force that was fighting the Russians. These rebels were led by Osama Bin Laden which were backed, funded, and trained by the CIA and the special forces. The weapons that are being used today by the taliban are old but still effective. Most of these fighters are hardened soldiers with lots of war experience and caches of weapons that have not been touched supplied by the United States in the 1970's and 1980's. For your information only; this is why Oliver North was questioned in congress for his participation in the iran contra scandels; the money was supposed to be used to fight Iran but was secretly being funded to fight the russians. Hope this clears things up.

    January 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Kirsten

    Even after so much of assistance US privdes to Pakistan, they still are not a true ally in the war on terror.

    January 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Jim

    They get what they ask for. You take a bunch of impressionable, uneducated kids, tell them that leaving this earth by blowing up themselves and others will result in their visit to a wonderful world of milk and honey – and since they don't know any better, they do it.
    It's all about lack of education, a good measure of brainwashing and a desire to please their mentors. This sorry ass country will never be free of these idiots, as long as these kids are recruited and taught to kill.

    January 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  62. abu mohammad noorzai

    the attacks of opposite rs of governmental of Afghanistan is increasing and there is no way without compromise between government and enemies and it could destroy all Afghanistan residence ,

    January 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Michael Robinson

    I'm a ex-soldier who wants to go back overseas and help out. I cant get a recruiter to put me back in. I have passed everything and within my age limit. Im willing to give my life for my country and nobody will help me do whats in my heart. Is there anyone there at cnn that can understand and be willing to help me. With my training , I can see alot of soldiers coming home.

    January 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  64. john

    From Pakistan where else

    January 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  65. George N

    Where are the Tailban geeting the weapons?

    January 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |