May 18th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

Images from the scene of the Kabul suicide attack

Investigators inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul targeting NATO troops that killed at least 18 people near the parliament buildings. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had targeted "invading NATO forces." (Photos courtesy Getty and the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)

Afghan and international troops block the road at the site of the attack.

Investigators inspect the scene of the attack.

International forces inspect the scene of the attack.

A wide view of the scene of the attack.

A doctor takes a picture of a man injured in the attack.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Kolawole Ajao

    When will there be no more suicides on earth?

    May 19, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Keith VanZandt

    I think we should follow the attackers wherever they go even if it means crossing into Pakistani territory. The Pakistanis don't seem to have the will or the means to deal with the insurgents. I say follow them to hell and back if that is what it takes.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. A Proud Canadian

    We mourn the loss of our brave troops in Afghanistan, Col Geoff Parker, our highest ranking military member to date and our 145th casualty since 2002, along with 5 brave Americans and 12 Afghan civilians. We have to keep our chin up and continue our mission to stablize the country. May they rest in peace.... Lest we forget.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Soldier's Mom

    Our prayers are with each and every one of our Military personnel. Our hearts and prayers are especially with the family members of those fallen soldiers of today and days past. We continue to pray for peace and protection for our Military and their families. May God be with us all - and He is!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike anderson


    well said. your comments raise the two points so often omitted from news reports and discourse. We are in Afghanistan because it was exploited as a safe haven from which our country was attacked. And we continue to respect life and strive to honor innocent life.

    The premeditated attack of September 11th targeted noncombatants as a deliberate choice. As is evident in the Obama strategy and McChrysta rules of engagement, we deliberately restrain from engaging enemies to minimize risk to noncombatants.

    This is not a war where we are attempting to crush the spirit of Afghans. On the contrary, we are investing billions in trying to help Afghanistan become more independent and stable. It is the Taliban that cursed Afghanistan with the second highest infant mortality rate in the world. It is the Taliban that enforces capital punishment on women doctors for treating women. It is the Taliban that continues to breed generations of drug addicted citizens with no health care or job opportunities.

    In the past, the US, British, Indians, and Soviets all have tried to use Afghanistan as a pawn in a larger game. That also describes how Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and UAE are using Afghanistan as a pawn now, via the Taliban. The Taliban exploits the people of Afghanistan, like the Soviets and British before them. The Taliban, though Pasto, is every bit as foreign to Afghanistan as the Soviets and British. The neobandi and salafist doctrrie has its roots in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. It is foreign to the Sufi and Pashtunwali traditions of Afghanistan.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. menon

    In the name of the unseen; men hate and kill each other, there is no GOD who understands killing one another to prove a point. when the plague of terrorism reached shores of the western world, we see resistance, retaliation, indians have suffered this all along.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. soldiers wife

    just wanted 2 say thank u 2 all the men & woman fighting over seas right now. my heart goes out 2 all the families. my husband has been in for almost 10years & we have 4 boys. its a hard scairy life 2 live but we pray 2 god everyday & take it one day at a time! thank you & god bless....

    May 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    To Fawad, You do not understand the goal of our military in Afganistan. Most Americans do not want the U.S. Military perpetually involved in Afghanistan. We don't want to run Afghan affairs either. However, If you recall Afghanistan was used as a staging and training area for the terrorists, jihadis, freedom fighters, what ever you want to call them for the attacks on September 11th 2001. This in our eyes is unaccetable. We do not seek to rule other countries. We have enough of our own problems here at home. We however will not allow governments that seek to destroy us to continue to attack us. The bottom line is we will leave when people stop threatening us. The only people that can make the United States military leave Afghanistan are the citizens of the U.S.A. . Our country has the means to wipe out all our enemies with the touchof a button. We have a nuclear capability second to none. We could eliminate the Taliban and Al Qaeda easily, but at the cost of thousands upon thousands of innocent lives. That right there is the difference between us and them. We value life, The Taliban and Al Qaeda do not. We try to do the right thing. We don't always succeed, but many an american soldier has lost his life because he showed restraint. Because he did not indiscrimanately fire into a village to suppress enemy fire but took into account that the innocent may be killed if he called in air strikes or heavy artillery to break the enemies attack. I have yet to see compassion for fellow man shown by any memebers of the Taliban or AL Qaeda. I could be wrong, or maybe those stories go un reported. Our troops will leave if the Taliban and Al Qaeda choose the path of peaceful coexistance. We both have grievances that can be settled through dialogue, but only if the parties can agree to talk. We then can get back to building rather than destroying.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melinda Helms

      I'm so glad there are people on here that can so eloquently describe my feelings....thank you Kevin and cmans!

      May 19, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. rob brander

    hey guys, i hope to god were not still talking about coalition fatalities in 10 years time. 145 canadian lives,20 billion dollars is quite a sacrifice for a nation of 33 million. their was a MARINE DAD that i had a few comments with on a previous story and all i'd like to say is i know your proud of your son[as any father should be] and i hope he comes home in one piece,both physically and mentally,but 10 years after this all started,we're all still chasing those boys around those mountains.those boys are using one main ingredient TIME which is mentally draining both the military forces of ISAF and the civilian population back in these countries. just check out websites back in most of these countries and you'll find alot of people want their boys back home.A PROUD CANADIAN

    May 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Realist

    Screw those moonbats! PULL OUT AND GO HOME! Let those idiots kill each other.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dennis

    The Canadian soldier killed in the blast was Col. Geoff Parker, 42. He was our highest ranking soldier killed in Afghanistan.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Smith in Oregon

    Many of the Kabul and Marjah Afghan residents see General McChrystals 'shake and bake' Afghan Police, Security and Governors forced upon them as very corrupt. And of course many of the residents in both of those community's and regions NOW are Taliban sympathizers as a result. Making it nearly impossible to prevent such attacks and bombings on the US Military troops and Government officials.

    Forcing a dictatorship down the throats of the Afghan people has historically over and over again FAILED. This latest attempt is following the same failed steps tried by the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan with the KGB's installed President, Governors, Police and Security forces pushed down the throats of the Afghanistan people by the machine guns of the invading force. General McChrystal's shake and bake strategy is following that same failed recipe and strategy with the same failed results. The Afghanistan people are suffering greatly and view their suffering under General McChrystal as greater than that under the Taliban. Is that the American Goal in Afghanistan?

    May 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmans

      There are too many posts insinuating that the US involvement in Afghanistan is comparable to previous forces and attacks dating back to Alexander the Great. Your historical interpretation are convoluted and you are confusing people with this rhetoric and ignorant talk about why the US is in Afghanistan. We are not fighting Afghanistan and we are not fighting the Afghan people. The Afghan president didn't visit the open arms of the US for peace talks. We are fighting Taliban and Al Queida, who by the way, are not Afghans. If there are Afghans assisting these maggots it is only because of intimidation, threats to their families and they may be confused about why the US is in Afghanistan which leads back to your misinformed posts. They do not have or represent a country. They hide in Afghanistan and neighboring countries and bully Afghan's the same way a drug dealer, the KKK and anarchist will bully innocent civilians in the US. Understand that the US intention is not to form dictatorship, build communes and take possession of this fine real estate. The US intention is to help the Afghan government take control over these pests and eradicate these cowards that hide behind, kill and maim innocent men, women and children. It is a disgrace to the human condition to disrespect the lives of our soldiers who serve and die, not only for the freedom of Afghanistan, but for the freedom of the United States of America. How many of our soldiers died defending your freedom to sit behind a computer and play quarterback? You have three options, shut up and thank God you have your freedom, do something to help establish peace or pick up a weapon and stand a post. God bless our troops and the direction of our leaders.

      May 19, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Melinda Helms


        May 19, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Sara Nocher

        Finally! Somebody that has some sense. I thank you for putting my exact thoughts into words. By the way, I have chosen a long time ago to pick up a weapon and stand a post.

        May 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Smith-SHUT UP!! I keep reading about shake and bake-sounds like Vietnam-were you there?Probably not.I however was in Afghanistan(and you were not) Stop being ignorant.Many of your other comments ticked me off(too numerous to mention,or even care about).

      May 20, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • jgs

      I just want to know what you do for a living that makes you such an expert on not only foreign policy but international humanitarian relations, religious and political sciences and military strategy. You know it’s so easy to set behind a computer or watch FOX news (by the Bill O’Rielly I hate you) and think that because you take in these second hand reports it qualifies you to voice an opinion, well it does but it only remains that your opinion. You realize and this is going to blow your mind, people like you are the reason why we have terrorist in the first place. Weak people like you that can be manipulated, be so easily swayed, and so easily pushed into saying completely retarded things that their actions work.
      On the other hand hey I support your freedom of speech like all your other rights and you know why I support those rights because I fought for them through 2 different countries over the last 7 years I have seen the most terrible things that men can do to each other. I know what people without freedom look like people without basic human rights people who are truly afraid. And I never would wish that on anyone. So by extension I support your right to write stupid things on the internet. But right here you are doing something worse it’s one thing for them to commit such an attack of cowardice like a suicide bombing but here sir you are doing the same thing. You attacking blindly and without a lot of people who are only there trying to do everything they can to help make life better for these people. So I consider you sir to be just as cowardly and inexcusable as they are maybe worst after all they are fighting for something, I fight for people like them and you so tell me, what would you fight for? I almost bet its nothing.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. vida

    Lord I pray you protect our troops and that special someone he knows who he is.......... Keep reading your pray scip. what I sent you........... Always in my prayer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mohammad A Dar

    Pay, If you want to play. rest of them are just opinions and desires.

    May 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gregberry

    We just had an on-going meeting in our office when we heard of the attacked, but life goes on most of us expats working here. Sadden again by the recent attack here and affected also for the lives that lost....

    May 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bob

    there all aminals over there

    May 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |

    My heart and prayers are with the families.My son is currently in Iraq and his MP unit is there to trian them how to be police officers,and I worry every minute of everyday.GOD BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Elizabeth

    Its heartbreaking, my heart goes out to the families of the soldiers AND the civilians. As a mother of 4 sons , a few which are planning on joining the military, I always am impressed in the strength military moms have. I was reading the posts from the moms with children over seas, and no matter what your view on foreign policy is, I just wanted to let you know as one mom to another, we are SO SO SO VERY THANKFUL in the service your sons and daughters are giving to our country, I cant imagine your strength. Thank you SO VERY MUCH! Elizabeth

    May 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JIllian Hinton ~~~ Proud Army wife

    My husband is PVT.Hinton serving in Afghanistan. I want, no need you all to pray for his safety and the safety of all our troops. UNTIL THEY ALL COME HOME!

    May 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jack

    Only God can get thru to these people – and right now they are refusing to listen. They would rather read the Koran.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Real

      95% of Afghans are illiterate so how could they even read the Koran?
      And if they could read the Koran?
      They'd most likely put away their guns and grow up.

      May 19, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. Let Our Troops Win

    We need to let our troops win. This is too much like Vietnam where the enemy would hit us then run across a line which we could not cross. We need to enter North Waziristan (i.e. – non-gov't controlled N. Pakistan) where they are all hiding, and take the basterds out. Kill all the Taliban, kill all Al Qaeda. Bury them face down, facing away from Meca, with pigs blood poured on them. Let it be known, this will be their fate. Then they will think twice about attacking the USA again. They need to know we will go where ever they hide.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC 280610

      Semper Fi!

      May 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Real

      You come across as completely ignorant
      if not, quite frankly, stupid.
      Are you crazy?
      We are are going to be in Afghanistan for years.
      This is one big charitable mission.
      This is charity and don't you ever forget that.

      May 19, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Fawad

      To AT: No I hate Taliban but you dont give up one evil for another.

      To DAN in Indiana: Your Jesus rule is just totally out of logic and loopy. If your "god" intended them to be suicide bombers and killers then what the problem and where is the sin, they are just following your gods will. How can you hate them or punish them for following gods will. you should hate them and punish them for NOT following gods will. See the logic in your dumb brain?

      To Kevin: Nope you are wrong. American has nuked women, children, elderly and civilians. NOT ONCE TWICE..! And yes you can nuke them today but tomorrow when you get nuked, dont squeel then. So go ahead nuke em, it not like US has not done that before.

      May 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • BK

        Fawad: We never used nukes in a war, they where hydogen bombs very big difference.

        May 21, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
      • BK

        Also if we would not have droped them, there would have been hundreds of thousands more of US deaths, they droped the bombs to end the war and it worked.

        May 21, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. soldiers mom

    my heart goes out aswhile. Please pray for our soldiers safety. My son is also there, love you.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  23. soldiers mom

    God bless all of our soldiers. I will be praying for all those families with broken hearts today. God bless you all and am so sorry for the lose of your loved one. Please America, support these guys. They are dying for you! And to my son, I love you with all my heart!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marine Wife

    I am so sad to see this I never watch the news because it's way too depressing. But, I have not heard from my husband in days and had to figure out what is going on out there. God bless them all and I feel for the famillies who have lost their loved ones. I am so sorry for your lose I will be praying for you all. I would also like to say thanks to all the troops out there and this next year can't come soon enough until my husband comes home.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  25. US Marine Mom

    Praying for our US Marines and ALL of out troops. Lifting the affected Families up in prayer.
    A sad day indeed!!

    May 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • National guardsman's, Nana

      My grandson was on the scene of this devastation, this is the second time in as many months that God has been sitting on his shoulder, as he watched his buddies die for this country, God please watch over all our children, Mr Obama please bring our children home.

      May 19, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
      • cdmother of marine

        I am praying for our children. My son is also stationed on this base and I was worried sick. I just got a call from him earlier with news that he is okay, but I know I will not sleep tonight because I feel much grief for the families who lost their love ones. Yes, please President Obama get our children out of there.

        May 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  26. In Kabul

    This is a sad day in Kabul. All of the lives, Afghan and coalition, were needlessly taken. These people were just trying to go about their business when they were attacked by terrorists. My headquarters is here to help train the Afghan security forces so they can prevent tragedies like this.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Martina

      God protect you and all the Soldiers there and also in Iraq or ither Warzones!!!!

      May 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Franco

      I will be in Afghanistan by early June. My second time there. Nothing can be done for the Taliban but destruction. They have no respect for life. They utilize our Media to bull their ways and keep killing woman, children and peacemakers to control and use their religious views on the world. The only way to create a new world order is to killed them all...God bless oyr troops, since the O administration told them that we are coming months ago. But we will survive and they won't. Hooorah!

      May 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fawad

        This is an ignorent comment by an ignorent soldier. There were many like you who stayed back in sands forever. There is nothing more you can do to Taliban which was not done by soviets to their fathers while you were in diapers and there is nothing the soviets did to them that the Britishers didnt do it to them and there is nothing British could do to them that Alexendar didnt do the them and the list goes on. There were tons of Francos in all those armies. Read Histroy they are were defeated in the mountains of Afghanistan.

        I strongly support and prefer talk and comming to compromise instead of this perpatual warfare. All the foriegn armies need to get out of this region and let us take care of our problems. Get them out now Obama while you can.

        As far as the Taliban killing women and children, every other day Nato kills women and children and then appologizes. Get off your horse and lets talk peace, love, mutual respect. Obviously your tough talking is not going anywhere since the most powerful army in the worlds history is fighting the shepards for the past 9 years and is not getting anywhere with them, but i will give you this much. Sounds good on the web.

        No more Wars. All are welcome as Tourists but no one is welcome with Weapons.

        May 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jmetz

        I like the shared emotion and harsh reality of what is going on here and what really needs to happen...Its kinda like telling a mass murderer to just stop doing everything he does... Not going to happen without some kind of reverent fear instilled,Either by the US soldiers or God himself.. Here we go to make our stance in saying enough is enough.. God see's all this and you know if it hits our hearts and soul's the way it does, It will all the more be on the Mind Of a all Creation Creating God

        May 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        I feel sorry that soldiers like yourself accept your administration's version of the truth. In politics, everyone has a truth that they stand by. Every administration's truths don't mean absolute truth – they only try to justify their positions by deceiving the regular citizen. Every country has the right to defend its own citizens and placing a Western puppet government does nothing but destroy your credibility and your nations. Oh you Americans, please read a little about world history and your own. NO person in their right mind and loyal to their country, religion and people's interest will ever accept humility or colonization as a way of life. That's why slavery was abolished and freedom fighters were created. Even if I don't see eye to eye with the Taliban on all religious issues, it does not mean that I will gladly put my hand in an American soldiers hands and trust in their countrie's devise. America is but an empire and it will soon capsize from within similarly to the Roman and Greek empires. They reach their epitome, kill off scores of people, torture others and one day, it come back to haunt them. MAN reaps what they sow, sooner or later. Today, media is a powerful tool that controls how people think, something like Nautzi Germany had organized by its citizens. Don't ever forget that if power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is where America is today with its foreign policy. Its through its foreign policy that the USA empowers itself from inside. Finally, lets appreciate that no superpower has ever wom any war in Afghanistan. The Mongols, the Russians, the Brits and now the Americans. And what links these together is their belief that they are the best nation to ever exist. Mr. solider, you are being used by your administration for their dirty games. Don't let a promise of a nice home make you kill an innocent child. If I was not a Taliban before your intervention in Afghanistan, you and your policy have just made me one. Please contemplate carefully.

        May 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC 280610

        How is he ignorant? This is some bull, this guy fought for his country. Of all people who know what they're talking about, it's our troops. It's incredibly sad to me nobody seems to support them anymore except those of us who are going and our families. The Taliban disregard life, and for that they need to be dealt with. Talk things out will solve nothing.

        Get Some Troops!

        May 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        GOODBYE FRANCO!!! Enjoy your last few days. Your days from your June deployment are numbered, you may never return. The Taliban can NEVER be stopped!! The Western allies are just wasting their time, wasting the lives of young soldiers and wasting their money. Pack up and leave Afghanistan NOW instead of in humiliation and defeat like the superpowers of the past!!!

        May 19, 2010 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
      • AT

        Fawad > So you support the Taliban in Afghanistan cutting peoples heads off? I doubt they would be open to compromise bud.

        May 19, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • jpc

      These photos depict what the Taliban have to offer the good people of Afghanistan, death, misery and destruction.

      May 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      My friend was one of the service members killed in this attack. He was 22 yrs. old and went to work there because of the lack of employment here in the US. I'm deeply saddend for not just all of us that loved him but for everyone!! I spoke with him alot while he was there just as recently as 1 week ago. He called to tell me he would be home soon and he better see me !! He will be missed greatly WE LOVE U Bryan Farr R.I.P.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |