April 15th, 2010
02:52 PM ET

At least 16 hurt in Kandahar bombing

A suicide car bombing in the Afghan city of Kandahar wounded at least 16 people, including some Westerners, local officials reported Thursday.

The blast occurred near the Afghan National Army headquarters in the city, the spritual home of the anti-government Taliban militia. All but three of the victims were civilians, said Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar government.

The blast occurred about 9:15 p.m. (12:45 p.m. ET). No further details were immediately available.

The blast was the second of the day in Kandahar. A car loaded with explosives blew up Thursday afternoon, leaving four people with minor injuries, Ayoubi said.

Kandahar is Afghanistan's second-largest city, with nearly 1 million people. The United States and its NATO allies have announced plans for a new offensive in Kandahar aimed at driving out the Taliban, the Islamic militia that once ruled most of Afghanistan. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the push would start only when the plans have the support of the local population.

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  1. anonymous 1

    Marshlands huh? Do you even know anything about the terrain and geography in Afghanistan or Iraq CAPT Pandit?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. cecile

    Harry Long, this is frightening. The POPPY industry must be addressed and Pres. Karzai's lack of cooperation must be address. If you could speak out more, and educate us on what truly is going on, this would be helpful. Any chance of contacting Anderson 360?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Isis

    Well said, Dr.

    However, it is ridiculous to think a person who is a pawn will EVER be able to enforce our Justice while still standing in the middle of a Religious Mess.

    We will unfortunately never win a Drug War in Afghan. when we cannot win one in America.

    A total waste of money.

    But I appreciate your support of this Country, which I disagree with on occassion, but so grateful to be allowed to disagree.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. therapy

    gnaddenhutten assault plan was not approved by paxton boys, tom quick, moravian delaware christian praying indians, and virginians.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JMikey54

    We need to go in thee and take this city. The longer we wait the closer we come to our time to withdraw from the country. We need to do our job and get out. I do not trust Karzai, I think he may more of a problem than a part of the solution.

    April 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ang

    let us all just pray for our brothers and sisters god protect them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Adam

    You would think that the taliban would realize that whenever something like this happens, they're only hurting themselves. As of right now there's a solid opposition in Kandahar to the planned offensive, If this continues public opinion will swing to the our side.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. robroy

    It's good to see you folks are still concerned about the these safe havens these fighters have 9 years after this all started ,another year and you folks will have this foreign policy project running as long as the Vietnam issue and we all saw what that got you in the end. This policy project is being run by boys in the pentagon, because let’s face it folks someone wants to spend a whole lotta of your tax dollars, and what better place than the pentagon. In the last 9years every time it came up in congress about war funding in Iraq or Afghanistan, no questions asked. It was all in the name of safety of your men and women in uniform. What a sales pitch, should have used the same one on healthcare [wouldn't have taken as long]. Your boys on another issue [drones] are high fiving one another over the use of drones and in the meantime Obama and other leaders are concerned now that some of these fighters are going to get their hands on nuclear materials. We all had better hope, especially you Americans, that one of these boys doesn't have a bag full of money and buy some of these surplus nukes or the Pentagon will be there with a new sales pitch.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. billy leonard

    why don't we buy the poppy crop and make the afghan farmers happy and keep the militants from profiting in the drug trade?

    April 17, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Capt Pandit

    Afghanistan has already become another Vietnam for USA. The US Govt has not learnt any lessons from Vietnam. They sealed the fate of their, present day men and women soldiers, when they started fighting the proxy war against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Now the US Govt is struck in the mud and nobody knows how to get out of these marshlands known as Iraq and Afghanistan. They will continue to bleed and these two nations will never be peaceful ever after. Jai Ho

    April 17, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. albee

    this is the nature of politics, of diplomacy, what's the rush? For a decent battle we must know who is on who's side, we must support the troops even if they pause, in war nothing is preplanned with all contingencies forseen. Diplomacy is the key, besides, that picture of the afghanis policing themselves is pretty cool. The Point is to WIn. Poppies are everywhere on Earth, it is a medicine used globally not just by drug addicts. Every troop carries a medic with morphine. Seeds or bullets? Diplomacy is a better solution. Regulation and control. Yes it's a chaotic mess, but the US and NATO is out there fighting a revolution for a people who are not able to do themselves, it's altruism. This is my opinion.

    April 17, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. michael

    so Karzai only will let the international forces take out the taliban in the city when the population there agrees to let us take out the militants? whats going on in the city and how well entrenched are the militants within? how much support do they have within the city. these vicious militants cannot have a safe haven anywhere inside afghanistan

    April 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AB

    It is not true and it is factually wrong to say that Hinduism was introduced in 1504 in Afghanistan. All Afghanistan population was Hindu and at some stage lot of Buddhists lived there, until Afghanistan was run over and converted by Muslims of various nationalities sometime around 900 AD. Whoever is writing this blog does not know and has not done proper research.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Harry Long, MD

    I am a retired Navy Medical Corps Captain and find it unconscionable that President Karzai has tied the hands of our military to this degree. It is also unconsionable that we have to allow the growth and harvest of their opium crop while the Taliban receive revenew from the opium to buy bombs and pay troops to kill our young men and women. Mr. Karzai should be given an ultimatum to let our troops do what has to be done or we will withdraw and let him stew in his own soup. We cannot allow this two-bit dictator continue to use the blood of our young men and women for his corrupt purposes. This will become another Vietnam if we allow this to continue.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |