February 26th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Behind the scenes: A CNN reporter's wake-up call in Kabul

There's nothing more unpleasant than being awoken by a bomb.  At 6:35 a.m. on Friday morning, I jerked upright as a huge blast rattled the windows in my bedroom and sent chunks of plaster clattering to the floor.  As I looked around in sleepy confusion, not-too-distant gunfire echoed in the street outside.

Moments later, producer Steve Smith banged on my door and told me to join him and cameraman Simon Payne on the roof. Simon was already videotaping a plume of white smoke rising above the rooftops about a kilometer away.  Watch my video here

Our fixer, Matiullah Mati, was calling around to get details about what, at that point, was just a mysterious blast.  Information, however, was slow coming in.  The police would only confirm that a blast had taken place – as if we didn't already know that – and that smoke was rising from the scene.  Full story

Hardly enough information to illuminate our viewers with.

Realizing we would be better off going to the scene, we grabbed our flak jackets and equipment and drove in the direction of the blast.

The roads were already blocked by police, so we got out and walked.  It was cold and drizzly, the streets were empty. As we approached, we saw that many windows on shops and building had been blown out.  One block away from where the blast had occurred, we were stopped by police. But with gunfire going off every few minutes, we hesitated to go any further.

All the while Simon the cameraman had to stop every five minutes to vomit.

He must have gotten a bug overnight because his normally ruddy, Tasmanian complexion had turned to a sickly shade of something between gray and green.

I took the camera to allow him to attend to more pressing needs.

For well over an hour, Afghan police exchanged fire with unknown gunmen down the road.  Then we heard a loud blast, and a group of young men, some still in pajamas, ran toward us. One had blood splattered all over the legs of his pajamas. Shortly afterwards, a burly Afghan policeman followed, a baby girl in his arms, her forehead bleeding.

The blast, a police officer told us, was the result of a suicide bomber detonating his explosives.

By mid-afternoon, the area had been secured, and investigators – American, French and Afghan – began surveying the destruction and taking soil samples.

The Taliban – far more media-savvy than they were in 2001 when the U.S.-led coalition invaded Afghanistan – were quick to take calls and confirm their responsibility for the attack.

The death toll now stands at 17, with more than 30 injured. Many of the casualties were Indians working in Afghanistan, although a precise number is still not clear.

Outside one of the Park Residence guesthouses, where one of the suicide bombers had blown himself up, I met Assad Pervante, an Afghan-American from Denver, Colorado.  He told me had been sitting on the side of his bed when the car bomb went off.

"I could see our guards, the security guards, going on top of the roof and shooting," he told me.  "The whole place was filled with dust."

When he went outside to see what had happened, he saw a man dressed in an Afghan security uniform with an assault rifle running in his direction.  Suddenly one of the guesthouse workers rushed out a door into the street, and the gunman shot him dead at point-blank range.

Without a moment's hesitation, Assad recalled, he ran back inside, scrambled up a ladder and over a back wall.

Friday's attacks raise all sorts of questions.  Now that the pressure is on the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, will they start to focus their efforts on the capital? Is a campaign of urban attacks a way for the Taliban to reassert themselves after the recent high-profile arrests of its leaders by Pakistani authorities? Can Kabul be made secure enough to thwart Taliban attackers? Can the Afghan government and their coalition backers do that without alienating the population?

I can't answer any of these questions. But they'll probably keep me awake tonight, when I go back to the bedroom where I was so violently awakened this morning.

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Mike in KC

    K....you can quote Christian scripture and take it any way you want. As a Catholic I don't believe my religious preference is exclusively "true". Thankfully our Priest teaches tolerance and coexistence. Conflict in the world results when Christians or Jews or Muslims assume their faith is the one and only way to salvation. There are extremists in every religion and they must be opposed and dealt with, but the vast majority of those practicing their religion want the freedom to do so without persecution from others.

    March 3, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. maddawg

    People think about this . The only thing the middle east knows is how to have war after war it's been going on from the begining of creation and won't stop until the day that JESUS CHRIST comes to save us all from this hell we are all in .

    March 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. K

    I'm thankful that you and your colleagues were not hurt in this tragic suicide bombing. This experience must have been terrifying.

    I would like to comment on the statements that have been said regarding the Christian and Muslim faiths. First, several people have mentioned that this is fundamentally a religious battle. I agree with Eric's comment that American politicians often use religious rhetoric. However, the infiltration of the Christian faith into American politics stops there. Nothing in our actions in Afghanistan or across the world shows that we are trying to spread a Christian faith or trying to adhere to biblical principles. If anything, American culture is becoming more secularized and more distant from its religious founding. When the U.S. gets involved abroad, nations still view Americans as Christians which creates hostility, especially in Muslim nations.

    Secondly, Mo and others brought up the first comment, saying that Irynas ministries insluted over a million Muslims by hoping that they found the "true" faith. Mo found this insulting but also said that just as you believe yours is true, they believe theirs is true. Both Christianity and Islam, by their nature, are exclusive religions. If you believe in one of these religions, you believe that all others are not true. In Christianity, Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). Since religions are inherently exclusive, we cannot get mad at someone for voicing that their religion is the one true religion. If we are to have authentic religious freedom, we must allow for open public discourse about religion. This means that people should be able to state what religion they believe is true without being attacked.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Farhad

    I am writing this in response to Mr. Javed Adel, where ever you are from, either Pakistani or any other country, How much do you know about this war? Writing one or two meaningless comments is not so hard but getting in the roots of why such war is going on, where it came from first and why now that the war is so tough the international community shall leave afghanistan alone needs brain not typing few words. Try to learn, study and research about something then write your nonsense comments. Afghanistan always faced challenges and problems by superpowers and invaders that is why the Afghan nation is against foreign forces or occupation, in the course of history, Afghanistan has been occupied by super powers for thier own benefits and games, which super power ever tried to come and really help this poor nation to stand on thier own feet? specially with having two neighboring devil countries like Pakistan and Iran??? Anyone who writes comments here shall take into consideration that Afghanistan is a historical country, with good people and has the right to get helped while in crisis because such crisis comes by super powers and shall be tackled by them too.

    March 1, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. brandy martinez

    wowow this is so terreible I cant believe how many bombings they have.They need help big time we could ALL do this. But it is war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    What is Religion to mankind?, To some Great value & knowledge.,To many I qoute, misunderstanding & frustration but does that give us a reason to fight over one mans belief!!?..More disqusting involving our children allowing them to be in the middle of harms way!! & the sad thing about all this (abomanation) is being caused by the people who that suposed to be grown ups,leaders,protecters,to some even rolemodels is allowing all karuption to evolve into an even greater but pointless outcome when the smoke clears which is (SELF DISTRUCTION!!!!!) So please people use the Knowledge OUR GOD gave us all that is CONSIDERATION & COMMON SENSE..

    February 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jenny

    God have mercy on us all.We all are of God we are all brothers and sisters.Why must we fight and harm one another and put are beloved innocent children in danger and pain.I know I speak for a lot when I say we all bleed red we are the same no matter your belief.Its justing killing my heart to know all the pain and suffering the human race is going through for no reason what so ever.Stop fighting love one another don't worry about pride.Help each other.We are destroying are earth.What are we gonna fight over when theres no world left.What are we going to argue about when we have blown everyone,every animal,everything up.We are heading down a path of self-destruction.God doesn't want this for none of us.And if you don't believe in God,ok,then why would you still want to destroy and harm yourself's in the long run.There no postive or good of it use.We all breath we all are living we all are connected we all are one.Can we stop this madness.(Are childern shouldn't be going through this,lets teach them better.)World please see that we are one.Open our eye.PLEASE before everthing is gone!

    February 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A. Smith, Oregon

    Iran's high stakes poker move this weekend is surprising the Pentagon and has US Military war planners slack jawed and scratching their heads.

    Today's report by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, Iran's roughly 4,300 pounds (1,950kg) of low-enriched nuclear fuel was moved all at once from storage deep underground to a facility above ground in the open where it can be enriched to 20 percent. 80 to 90 percent enrichment is required for nuclear weapons.

    Iran directly appears to be taunting US and Israel to attack, as this would rally Iranians in support of the regime and silence voices of dissent which have plagued the streets since last years disputed election.

    Needless to say if either America or Israel bombed that stockpile of enriched Uranium, it would severely contaminate that entire region with radioactive Uranium Hexafloride gas which would certainly NOT 'win the hearts and minds' of the Middle Eastern people.

    Is Iran playing a dangerous game of high stakes poker, or are they placing cheese out in hopes of trapping a couple rats?

    February 28, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joshua

    I agree with the statement above. Globalization is a reality that I fear I will se in my lifetime.

    You disbelievers are so intolerant to anything religious. You criticize anything with "Jesus" attached to it as ignorant. I understand that religion has fueled many wars, but if you look a little deeper, it is obvious there are things we can not see hapenning. Spiritual Warfare is a REALITY. In response to DC. When is the world going to grow up and understand? The THEORY of evolution has been around for little more than a 150 years and still can not be proved.

    "I think, however, that we must go further than this and admit that the only acceptable explanation is creation. I know that this is anathema to physicists, as indeed it is to me, but we must not reject a theory that we do not like if the experimental evidence supports it."—*H. Lipson, "A Physicist Looks at Evolution," Physics Bulletin, 31 (1980), p. 138.

    "The hold of the evolutionary paradigm [theoretical system] is so powerful that an idea which is more like a principle of medieval astrology than a serious twentieth century scientific theory has become a reality for evolutionary biologists."—*Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (1985), p. 306 [Australian molecular biologist].

    February 28, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Navyboy

    Yes thats right, what we need over there is more religious intolerance. We are all so worried about serving Jesus we forget his message.
    Love. peace, non judgment. Maybe if we spent more time understanding what Jesus had to teach us instead of worshiping him things would be better on this planet?

    February 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scientist

    "Darwin has figured it all out?" Is that what people told you or your own conviction resulted from studying Darwin's theory? Do the research for yourself before accepting other people's belief.

    February 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chip H

    Only 20 years ago there was good intel freely available, before Twitter-'journalism' destroyed the profession, and the only investigation reporters do now is whether their deadline conflicts with American Idol.

    Those intel reports, that intelligence shared between the government and the media back before the Big Chill and the Total Lockdown, was the Hindu state of India and the Jewish state of Israel have long sought to break Pakistan on the back of a TAPI pipeline, and now a planned railroad, hoovering Afghanistan's rich natural resources out of the country for pennies on the dollar in royalties to the narco-mafia Karzai government. Karzai's vice president Fahim was head of Khad secret service at the time when Afghanistan and India were working together, before the Pakistani Taliban took over, and Karzai switched sides to become the UN Ambassador for the Taliban.

    All that is lost in this pop-reporting. Oh, another bomb blast (don't give any background). Oh, the bogeyman strikes again! (Don't talk about what India is doing in Afghanistan, or why the US 'contingent action' there is costing $130 billion a year, more than twice what Viet Nam cost, in today's dollars, against a professional army of 400,000 North Vietnamese.

    Today, we are squandering $139 billion, and next year $159 billion in UNDISCLOSED national security purposes, which sails through Congress, to fight no more than 100 al-Qa'ida, by CIA's own published estimate, and 25,000 Taliban, by the UN's, with only 80,000 US troops, instead of the 500,009 during Viet Nam, chasing 25,100 hillbillies.

    But focus on the bombing! Blame it on the Taliban! No background reporting. No depth. Twitter, twitter, tweet. This truly is the End of History! On to Tehran!!

    February 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ben

    When will people, worldwide, understand that war is not a pretty thing. People die. Innocents and non-innocents. The seperator from the good guys and the bad guys is that the good guys do not TARGET innocents. Extremists and radicals believe so strongly in their views that they are willing to discount human life in the name of their cause. They simply don't care. They believe the murder of innocent lives will help their cause instead of solidify the resolve of the other side.

    I highly doubt that the war in Afghanistan will be won by bombs. One person they view as being innocent is hurt and all progress made by the other bombs is lost. We simply don't see eye to eye with them on the value of human life.

    While I do believe that human life is incredibly valuable, war is hell. You get in, you do the job, you get out, Period. We could and should end this war as swiftly as possible to SAVE more lives from being needlessly lost. If that means innocents are going to die, then so be it. There will be those that die anyhow. We end this sooner than later we stand a better chance at lowering the loss of civilian life in the long run.

    February 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ryan

    CNN and Readers:

    You guys need to think/adapt your stories to reflect the experience of the soldiers serving this country. As a cameraman, journalist your "where I was so violently awakened this morning" is merely a glimpse of the horrors our young men and women are enduring everyday. I am in the military and deploy next month and it is extremely disheartening when I read/see this story as one of the top under World, almost embarrassing.

    As part of deployment preparation I attended a ANUM class which measures brain activity to set a baseline for studies/assessments on concussions after blasts. There was one individual 20 yrs of age who had been blown up by IEDs 7 times. Another who had been hit by a mortar while he was sleeping on base. If you guys are trying to portray the news, focus on these individuals not the horrors of some random journalist. Until then the war support and progression will remain the same.

    February 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pratistha

    Must be terrifying wake up call......be safe everyone...........

    February 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. colly

    We can't understand the idea of DESPERATION in the same sense, because we are so fortunate in so many ways in this more rich continent, with a unified government and a wealthy society. IF WE were DESPERATE.... we would be capable of things we cannot now imagine. Basic fundamentals would be what we grasped onto for hope, and with 'nothing' to lose, we would do what we felt we needed to do to survive. It is instinctual. #26– 2 million years, but it wasn't just Darwin, it is the knowledge from Geology and Naturalists who were fortunate enough to live in a time of travel with free time to educate themselves and ponder the world with new eyes and technologies. We can't deny that we are enlightened by this knowledge, if we choose not to deny it. We shouldn't deny others of their free will - either,
    "If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.
    But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.
    And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"
    –Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    February 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ankur_India

    True faith indeed. One true faith needs to evangelise and convert all 'Pagans' and the other true faith needs to kill all 'infidels'. I guess people like me, followers of a 'false faith' like Hinduism have no option but to either convert or get killed. (Sigh) let me see which seems a better prospect...or maybe I will not have a say in the matter..

    February 27, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  18. Feroza

    Hey the WORLD and UN!
    its very clear and the world should understand that behind all these attackes its forigner and comes through Pakistan. Paksitan is one of the big enemy of the world and particularly for Afghanistan. until the underlying causes are not eridicated which is in pakistan it will happen again and again,
    OH Lord,

    February 27, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  19. zach

    I think we all wish for a peaceful end to the war in Afghanistan, yet leaves the country and it's people in a good position. Neither I nor I think Irynas Ministries believes that going out and shoving the bible down Afghans throats is going to do anybody any good. However, I will say that my faith in Christ is the best thing that has ever happened to me and that it has changed my life for the better. No Christian or anyone else is perfect and many Christians (like many non-Christians) have made bad mistakes, have done things to make non-Christians see them as bigots and jerks. I for one will not shove Christianity down anyone's throat: believe what you want. However, I am not afraid to talk about the life-changing God I have come to believe in and accept, and see no reason why I should not (respectfully) tell others about the greatest thing I have ever experienced, if they care to listen.to know Christ as I do–the world would be a much better place I hope all come t I also see know problem with wishing that the Prince of Peace, Jesus, will restore a decisive and fruitful peace to a land that has seen so much bloodshed. Sorry this is sooo long.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. DK

    I do wish that people would stop equating the average Afghan with the Taliban. The vast majority of people here hate them...but they're in a terrible position.

    The absolute corruption at all levels of Government create a climate of apathy – for basic services, 'fees' are expected – criminals/terrorists bribe their way out of custody on a daily basis – Government positions are bought and sold like a commodity. Why should Afghans invest in 'Democracy', when it's actually a 'Kleptocracy'?

    The Taliban may have provided 'stability' during their reign, but it was implemented with an AK and a bayonet – disagreement = beheading.

    Difficult choices for the average Afghan...corruption vs Sharia.

    The locals I know just want to work, support their families, make enough to fix their Corolla and shopfront. To stop having to worry about insurgents coming out of the hills demanding food/shelter, 'recruiting' (kidnapping) their sons, murdering the village elders, and burning down the new school and or clinic.

    The Taliban does not represent Afghanistan...this is not a 'struggle for national liberation', If this were the case, the NATO would be posting casualty numbers in the hundreds on a daily basis. If Afghans really wanted the Taliban back and NATO out, it would have happened by now. In Kabul alone, there's appx 3 million people...how many NATO troops are in the region? A lopsided figure – if Kabulis alone wanted NATO out, they could wipe out NATO in the Capital region in hours.

    I don't expect things to get better soon. Abandoning Afghanistan will not 'solve' the problem that exists here. They are not in a position to 'sort it out themselves'.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. junior

    If you're not military then you deserve to get bombed in a war zone.

    February 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. FreeThinker

    Please tell me this was a joke. "So many people without the true faith in our days and Jesus is soon coming again" This is called scary talk kids. Hey other human being... You don't know any more about God than the Taliban or any other nut who claims to know the "truth". Read a book. Watch the science channel. Stop polluting the internet with your self serving "faith".

    February 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Maiwand

    It is the ISI od Pakistan which is behind these attacks. They fully support the Taliban and other terrorists. I think that peace in Afghanistan will come when ISI is completly dimanteled. US and other coalition forces should put some real pressure on Pakistan. Pakistan should stop funding, recruiting and training terrorists for their political interests. Further, if US is really interested in bringing peace and prosperity to this country, then they should start solving the problem of Kashmir first. If not, Iam afraid ISI will use more suicide bombers in the months and years to come in Kabul and other areas.

    February 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bonnie

    My boyfriend is in Kabul working at the Canadian Embassy. When he messaged me late last night telling me what Happened, I became even more terrified. Its bad enough that he's there nevermind when bombs are going off around him!! Stay safe my love xoxoxoxo

    February 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Katie

    Yeah that's it Irynas, "Jesus is soon coming again". And if your ministry goes there to (puff puff) some of that magic Afghani-Hash- you'll witness the coming of Jesus very very soon...

    February 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Elke, Germany

    It´s hard to predict, what will come next. To be honest I´ve more questions than answers. But I´m sure that these attacks and bombing will go on for a long time.
    I can´t see that that Karzai´s government in Kabul is able to convince the Afghans to trust him and join in. Whom should the people trust, when the government, the police and all other Afghan officials are corrupt? The people have learned this the hard way.
    When it comes to Marjah I think as long as US/Nato troops are there it will work. But when they leave? I think it will go "the Afghan way":
    The Taliban will do what they have always done, changing the place when it´s got to hot. Learned today that the US has said that the next battle will be in Kandahar. That would be really a big point. The question is will US/Nato troops do it in the same way as in Marjah? I can´t imagine that.
    In a war there are always civilian casualties, and that is sad. But how should soldiers, Afghan or foreign, decide in a dangerous situation who is a good guy or a bad one?
    And Karzai? He gets more and more noncredibile. The last election, I would say election fraud. Now he has changed the electoral law, so he can handpick people who are loyal to him. I hope that Abdullah Abdullah will try to establish political parties. So there will be something like a control of what the government is doing.
    I ´ve this dim feeling that US/Nato troops will stay there longer than our politians try to assure us.
    Only some of my thoughts.

    February 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Norman

    Haha, you censor me but allow people to advertise their evangelical nonsense on here. Wow, CNN truly is just as low as Fox News.

    February 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Chris Wolski

    Wow. Some people really need to learn how to spell. It's very difficult reading sometimes.

    February 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sayed

    Of course you are waiting for him Irynas Lighthouse Ministries. The Prince of peace will come and SLAUGHTER everyone who doesnot bow to his wish which includes your best friends the zionists as well if they refuse to obey his wish. After slaughtering probably at least few million people – at least – since keeping in mind that India and China are both above billion and non christians and Islam is 1.6 million, add in a couple of million others who would probably not join, finally there will be peace right? The prince of peace will then proudly declare heaven on this earth since everyone who disagrees with him including proudly myself will be killed by him except the Christians. Meanwhile you are flying in air like doves due to rapture meeting him standing on a cloud right?

    Well guess what i would rather go to my hell then your heaven.

    There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his final messanger. (Peace and blessing be upon Muhammad and his noble family).

    February 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ftornado

    Are you guys mentally ill?

    The Talibans are not a product of the american policy in the middle east, they've been there for over 30 years (in afghanistan) and have proven themselves as one of the most cruel and dictatorial-islamic regime.
    They treated their fellow compatriots as trash and animals and entirely eradicated any kind of cultural and social freedom.

    Talibans are a "race" that needs to be eradicated from the surface of earth, for the sake of humanity.

    February 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sam

    Afghanistan have been the graveyard for the the empires. Checkout the history!

    February 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Alphonso

    This is the work of Pakistan's ISI working with Taliban terrorists to target Indians working in Afghanistan. This is a way that ISI wants to keep Afghanistan unstable so pakistan can control it like thye have in the past many decades.

    It is time to turn up the heat on Pakistan, ISI, more importantly the Pakistani Army Leadership who play this rather well all the time. use terror when you you need to and want to, what a joke that these guys are our allies! They are the real terrorists! Every Al Queida leader like Bin Laden, Zawahiri, Mullah Omar are all being protetected in Pakistan!
    It is time US shook the tree real hard and see the fruit fall.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. nazim

    This war was to find Osama, who is (according to the media outlets and US govt.) responsible for 9-11 incident.
    What has it become now?
    Who is responsible?
    Anyone, who says anything other than catch Osama, should be taxed at 70% of their income.

    I'm tired of paying for these f**ing missionaries and f**ing mercenaries.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Khan

    Thsi was will end up the same way soviest lost the war , people who deos not know the history should read the history and know it before going in to this war. Even alexander the great no one ever won a war in this land ..when will the leaders come to know about this and let the people of afghan decide by them selves.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Eddy

    When will the Western powers realize that this is a war about Muslim culture taking over Western culture? We, the West, should fight an all out war irrespective of civilian casualties (were there not hundreds of thousands German civilian deaths in WWII?). Once Iran gets nuclear weapons the present regime will NOT hesitate to use them. If 5 suicide bombers can die in the name of Allah, so can 5 million. According to the mullah they will go straight to heaven. Let us grant them their wish!

    February 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Maria

    The issue here is not about religion but fanatism and ideology. Most of the so called muslins wants to make believe the entire world that they are correct in their beliefs; however, the truth is that their religious behavior is making people believe otherwise. There is no reason to kill innocent individuals because they do not share their beliefs, that is insane and unacceptable. If you want to be accepted along with your faith you must accept responsibilities that are saying oveall: Do to others what you want others do to you. If the muslins are going to pay an eye for an eye, their behavior will not be acceptable and their credibility is in question. Everytime that I see innocent people dying in the name of their religion or whatever they call it my prayers go for those innocent that are dying because a "fanatic" wants to bring a message across. It is not the other countries that are attacking the muslins, it is the muslins killing muslins and those that are not muslins.

    I have good friends that are muslins and are crying evertime that the news are about bombing and about killing innocent people in the name of religion.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. tadaham

    Sure they want to get foreigners out.. So that they can get back to
    bringing down towers and shooting and bombing people in hotels, in city across the
    They were quite good at it ten years ago.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  39. no one from no where!!!

    Why do people do this? I know times are hard and money is short, but killing yourself is not the right way. I see the poor out on the street and when I smile kindly they smile back even thow they don't know me, and there life is miserable. They see that I don't have money because I am young yet they have enough kiindness, and not quite joy but a spark of hope and they forget for maybe a second that life is hard. So people insted of thinking about the bad moments in your life when you despize everything, think of your familys, your friends and everyone you know that brings you joy, and just smile even if it's only for a second. NO more Hatered, and NO MORE DEATH!

    February 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |


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  41. DC

    We started this. For the US to fight communism in the 70's during the cold war, we pumped millions and billions of dollars to develop a cause for the afghan people. We set up 1000's of madresas (extremist schools) in Pakistan. These schools still exsist today. 2/3's of the Taliban are Pakistani. You want to defeat the Taliban – go after the schools, the teachers, and provide the children with proper education. If I study the Koran from birth until adult hood – I took will end up with 1 mission – heaven and hell... You want change the world – speak out against religion. We are in charge not our prayers..

    February 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. vj

    What this article does not talk about is the fact that the Indians were targeted as they are part of the re-construction effort in Afgahanistan and the AfPak Taliban view them as enemies. India is the largest Regional donor in Afghanistan.

    http://www.ndtv.com/news/world/huge_suicide_bombing_hits_afghan_capital.php details how this was a targeted attack and not a random attack on the Afghan govt/civilians. The blast killed Indian medical workers and armymen among innocent bystanders.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Lazarus

    Nobody has ever won in this forgotten corner of the world. This is a war of Globalization(NATO) vs. Nationalism (Arabs). God help us all.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. DC

    Give me a break – Jesus! Religion is man made. we have been around for 2 billion years, religion has been around for 5000 years. Do the math. This notion of God, Heaven and Hell makes me laugh.. THe problem wtih AFG and these other countries in the middle east is that they heavly invlove religion into govenment. Religion has not place in the class room or government. It's a personal choice that is destroying countries and causing millions to lose their lives. When is the human race going to grow up and understand that Darwin figured it all out for us – Religion is a fairtale! Educate yourself to know this. Christians, Catholics, Muslims, and any other religion all have their flaws. The deeper you go, the more phyco you become.. Jesus was a man.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Daniel

    Can you really blame the Afghans for fighting for what is rightfully theirs?I can't.We must try to find a way to negotiate an end to this madness and persuade the United States,Great Britain and France to renounce their grandiose ambition to conquer the Middle East and recognize the right of Afghans to home rule.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Stephen

    So, let me get his straight, the coalition forces have to apologize because civilians were injured or killed during a military strike that they were most likely aware of. Taliban yell in the streets about killing people with suicide bombs wtih no warning. There is something wrong wtih that picture!

    February 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jon

    Actually, it is Jesus and religion that is causing this! The sooner we get rid of Jesus talk the better it will be.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Cynical Randy

    That's it.....?? "...stay safe and Jesus will find you??"

    This is about fanatics, leaving Jesus and any other religion or goodness so far behind it's not even funny. Not to make light of the situation, but it's like playing Whack-A-Mole and the thing's got an Uzi!!

    February 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dan

    Nothing fails like prayer and mythology.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  50. justadumbflunky

    ya Jesus is on his way...hoopty do!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  51. justadumbflunky

    what else should be expected in a war zone? the playing of michael jackston 45 rpm records?

    February 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Norman

    Irynas Lighthouse Ministries, shut up. If Jesus comes back I hope he doesn't find me, Zombies scare me. Way to turn a forum for discussing a tragic event in Afghanistan into a billboard for your church, how holy of you.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Don

    When will it be that these Christian rabble rousers understand they those in the middle east have their own religion and beliefs and do not need to suddenly realize what you concider is "The True Faith" as what they need. Stop shoving your beliefs down everyones throat, be proud of what you believe and allow others to do the same. I am a devote agnostic simply because I am so sick of all those that belief their religious calling is the "True" calling, You people are no better than the Taliban.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  54. opipoipoi

    way to be ignorant Irynas, they can believe what ever they want.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Bobo

    Wow! What a way to wake up!

    February 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Hyuponia

    ...God..? Jesus? Look around you. Religion happens to be one of the larger factors in the motivation of the Taliban. Makes me revile it all the more. If your god truly does exist, let's hope he kills us all quickly, eh? I've got a box seat in Hell I need to fill up.

    I don't see violence solving anything more at this point, but people do what is necessary. Good luck to you and your crew Ben. Stay safe out there.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Nazir

    The afghan citizens need to stand together and help the police catch these guys. The problem is that police can't catch these killers alone and need the citizens help, but the citizens can't trust the police because they are corrupt officials who most likly accepted money from taliban and do play role in suicide type activity. As an afghan, I really do hope and pray for peace and prosperity in that countery. I hope the afghan political officials such as Karzi for once don't think about filling thier pockets but think about thier future and the future of helpless children in Afghanistan. My deep condolence for the fmailiies of the indian citizens and all others who were a victim of this tragedy.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Rothalpy

    What did the Afghan people ever do to us to deserve the systematic destruction of their lives and country?

    No matter how long we are there they will pacify us so we will leave and then go back to their own ways.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. chris

    I fail to see what this acomplishes for the suicide bombers. I mean how is this idea of blowing up a car supposed to do anything? Are they attacking civilians becuase they want to make people think its because of the US presence?

    I really don't get this...

    February 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Mo

    LOL so many people without true faith? Maybe the Irynas Lighthouse Ministries should go there to spread the "true" faith.

    how can you discredit someones beliefs in one sentence. Very ignorant of you. Read up on the region and get some background knowledge before putting 1,3 billion people down over a popular median such as the internet. Just like you believe your religion is true, they believe theirs is aswell. They also believe Jesus is comming soon again, so look for the similraities rather than criticizing them.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Yes let's all keep praying to Jesus that our forces,the NATO forces and the Afghanistan forces will find, kill and capture these terrorists who have no concern for life. They breed on the death and capture of their militants and decide that they will be rewarded for their insane actions of killing themselves along with innocent people. There's got to be a verse in the Koran that says we should be helping one another to enjoy life instead of killing people and if there is one the Muslim people should be shouting it out every moment to stop this insanity!

    February 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dale

    "Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere." MLKJ

    February 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Bernardo Rekvas

    Yes, stay safe!!! I never saw a riffle nor a bomb explosion but you have to be very corageous! Thank you very much for your work! Hope Simon gets better quickly! Stay safe

    February 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  64. eddie jaylilano

    We all love jesus too as a muslims, but we love him as God' Prophet nothing els. what is happening in afghanistan, iraq, palestine, lebenon, pakistan, samolia, and etc, and more all have been caused by the west as british was saying divide and concoure. if the russians british and america would have left that part of the world alone there would not be no taliban al qeada, freedom fighters and those so called jihadis.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Eric

    That is a very positive and kindhearted sentiment from Irynas Lighthouse Ministries but unfortunately faith in Jesus is not going to fix the essential cultural and political problems over there. I hope that our own government realizes that this is not a matter of simply bringing Christianity to an un-Christian land and then sitting back and watching everything get better. Sometimes I listen to some of our politicians frame things in a very religious way and it makes me wonder if they understand the practical nuances of real, modern politics outside of America.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Adil Javed

    Every blast means that its about time Americans and Canadians get the hell out of there and let them deal with their own s**t. Afghans are obviously not pleased with foreign presence. The foreign forces have spent almost 10 years now trying to handle this stuff and have obviously failed big time. So give the controls to Afghan government and let them take care of their own problems and people. I am sure once foreign forces are out of there, the Afghans will eventually get tired of fighting and will someday sit down on a table to talk and resolve among themselves. But its not going to happen as long as foreigners are there.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  67. gene shaw

    This just another major event in an on going game of war.
    Until our recent history when people here in the USA thought we could win a civilized war, if there was such a thing. A war is a war. get it on and get it over with. If civilians thought there was a chance they could be wiped out do to the bad choices of their government then perhaps the only wars would be civil wars and people would try and replace or fix their own government.
    But know we US citizens who try to find safety in everything we do driving up cost to make things fool proof or safe for every man, woman or child, instead of fostering and training ourselves. we prefer to tip toe through civilians and there communities challenging our enemies from out side our country who know we have a big soft heart and take shelter behind the very people we are trying to help or protect.
    In less then one day the US and it allies could strategically drop a bomb or two into the mountains of Afghanistan level the mountains the enemy in hiding in and cave in the tunnels they make their homes. One Day. But know lets be civil and try to pick them off one by won while they blow up many with one little bomb.
    Its time to make one big excuse for killing some civilians who will hang around in stead of many excuses for every day tragedies that seems to go on for years.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Irynas Lighthouse Ministries

    I am praying for peace over there. So many people without the true faith in our days and Jesus
    is soon coming again. May He find you all. Love Irynas Lighthouse Ministries

    February 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jane

    Stay safe yes!!!????

    February 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |