July 30th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Riots in Kabul after deadly car accident

Scores of people rioted in Kabul on Friday after a vehicle carrying four U.S. contractors was involved in an accident with a car carrying four Afghans.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said it had been informed of deaths and serious injuries among the Afghans in the accident. After the accident, people burned the American vehicle and another going with it and they threw rocks at Americans.

"The U.S. contract personnel cooperated immediately with local Afghan security forces ... who were on the scene and dealing with the situation. Our sympathies go out to the families of those Afghans injured or killed in this tragic accident," the embassy said.

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  1. Will

    Toucdhown! That's a really cool way of putting it!

    July 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. corky crockett

    leaders of afgan. are paying taliban to join afgan. army. good thinking for a 5 year old. collect the money, collect new military equipment, collect information and return to taliban with the goodies. then for ha ha do the cycle again and again and again on on on on.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lvgirlathart

    It doesn't make it any less tragic but 1 civilian died and he wasn't wearing a seat belt. The other 3 sustained serious injuries. I was at the hopsital with two of the injured yesterday. I was there with their father and other members of their family. If their father can carry on a rational conversation about the situation the rest of us should be able to as well.
    American's killed on Afghan man in a tragic accident. The Taliban killed more civilians in July than all the coalition forces combined. The Taliban will kill children and woman, they slaughter whole families with out a care in the world. Yet American's are still perscuted in the in our own media.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      It is turning into a national sport.

      August 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maximus Prime

    Sounds like they still haven't learned. Not one local to just ride shotgun? That's smart, very smart.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ann

    Leave that country and let them kill each other off. They won't turn against the Taliban, we fight and they watch, just like in Vietnam. They do nothing for themselves. Their government is a bottomless pit of sucking our dollars and the livesof our people...while lining their own pockets.

    August 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. my6cents

    we should just threaten to carpet bomb the whole place if the citizens of these countries give support to those who would attack us as in 9/11. Otherwise leave them alone to live in their 1st century lifestyles and cultures as they seem to desire. If they're not willing to exert the effort to change their own country why should the US sacrifice its young men and women. We need to stop being the worlds police force and bankrupting our country for the benefit of the rest of the world.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. flo

    We should not worry about the Afghans there we need to worry about the ones comming out to America.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. psmail2

    In other news, "Several people shot at Connecticut business, officials say" -– Guess killings happen all over the world. So, why is America fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq when we cannot protect Americans?

    August 3, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sherry

    We will not win the war on terrorism...... Sad but true. We can't get out of there quick enough. Bring the troops home NOW!

    August 3, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Yun Chen

    You Americans are as stupid as you are arrogant – especially the Bible quoting fanatics who think they are doing God's work.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • my6cents

      some of us may be stupid and arrogant its true, but remember, we are made up of people from your country as well as hundreds of other countries who tired of oppressive governments,warlords,despots etc and took the risks needed to create a country where all can be free , prosperous and safe. Are people risking their lives and families to emmigrate to whatever country you are from as they do here?

      August 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Murtaza


    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Murtaza

    This war can not be won. Afghanistan has never welcomed occupiers. It would be wise to take a lesson from the soviet and brittish experiences.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |

    i agree with BTDT, Once you have been over here..driven in Kabul etc..then u can say something that makes sense. its like dealing with a 3rd grader... but ya BTDT said it perfect..

    August 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. elitesack

    I would have jumped between the two cars and used my beautifulness to stop the wreck and then i would have thrown a rock so fast it would go through bin laden's cave and strike him down, because i am awesome.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Good night lindsey lohan.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GT66

    From the this war to this accident to the riot to the story to the posts all I see is people being ridiculous. The comments on this story are sad. Whether we are there rightly or wrongly is irrelevant at this point. Why argue it?

    August 2, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  16. potatohead

    Its called "transference" they are actually angry about something else but the car accident provided an outlet. I assume they don't want us there spreading democracy anymore. Or it could be the Linday Lohan thing. I got upset when she went to jail too.

    August 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      The natives are revolting.

      August 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. hramzi

    I am a hazara from the central part of Afghanistan, my understanding of the Americans and its allies presence in Afghanistan is that it has so many political and economical sides to it. It would be wrong to say that they are there for some selfish reasons but yet some imperialistic signs are there, for example surrounding arch foe Iran, controling Pakistans NUKE, closer ties with Ex Russian states, Afghan minerals, Uzbekistan Pipeline, and cutting Chinese influence in the region and etc...
    Afghan Pashtoon tribes are cunny people, I know this for fact, they always befriend you to kill or entrap you for either political or economical gains, and they quite easily swear on the Holy book QURAAN in order to avoid their created trouble so that they can turn it on you, they have a saying " pashtoon vengeance comes alive even after 40 years." .
    I personally like Americans and salute their bravery and honour their sacrifices. especially because they saved hazaras from pashtoon taliban by whom hazaras suffered 250 long years.

    August 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. modern

    Everyone knows those contractors are just professional torturers hired by the CIA.

    August 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. bangash

    This is what you the Americans need to understand and asses the response of Afghans to your invasion of Afghanistan which you show your nation as your success in liberating Afghans from Taliban. Afghans can not afford invaders in any way. See your face in this mirror and then pack-up your guns and take your cow boys back, replace them with Doctors, Engineers, social workers to win the hearts and minds of Afghans before they make you what your predecessors have been made.

    August 1, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  20. tedk55

    I want to apologize to everybody here for spewing my ignorance.I frankly don't know what got into me.I guess that I'm just a stupid,crazy fool!I'll do the right thing and shut up!!!

    August 1, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      I doubt it once a fool always a fool.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        I wish i could say i could make the same kind of promise but i will still post the same old cr@p i suppose.

        August 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Michael

    LOL, sounds like a Rambo movie up there...OMG, I am falling off my god dang chair laughing so frighting hard. What are you going to say next "I love the smell of napalm in the morning?"

    August 1, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jessica

    People are going to have strong opinions on this war no matter what. Whether you stand left wing, right wing or somewhere in the middle; whether you throw all the arrogance or ignorance you have into the comments you leave, please remember to do one thing:

    Don't bash the men and women putting their life on the line over there for YOUR country, for YOUR government. People talk about them killing the innocent, killing families and comparing it to the My Lai Massacre. That's just wrong and uncalled for. Do you forget that most of these men and women are young citizens of your nation that have risked everything; their lives, to do something that almost all of you sitting here could never even fathom doing. The utter chaos and confusion that goes on over there is astounding. It is not an organized war. It is not fought in plainsight. What these men and women go through is already more than enough than anyone can handle. I'm positive they don't need comments such as some that have been posted. So if anything... don't support the war, but support the people that still signed up to defend your country.

    Oh, and to the person who said "this "war" is nothing but a jobs program for the unemployable."
    Please conduct yourself in a more mature manner by getting your head out of the clouds and educating yourself. Half of the jobs in the military or that support/help/coinceide with the military, require a degree in which you most likely will never be able to obtain.

    August 1, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Bull shiznic, all the soldiers know by now what the hell is going on. They are heroes, fighting for us, support them?!?huh?, lets say it for what it is, Nazi soldiers fought hard with patriotic bravery also. Don't join in the first place, join a patriot movement, at least will die knowing that it was actually for your country and not for the empire.

      August 1, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Jessica

        Did you really just compare American troops to that of the Nazi's?

        First of all, there are a few things to remember:

        At the rise of Hitler and the Nazi empire, Germany was a nation in ruins. They had no guidance and no government that could pull them out of the debt and shame that the world had bestowed on them after WWI. They were a nation that was eagerly looking for someone to help them out. Hitler knew manipulation, he knew how to work the minds of the german people. Through propoganda, through the teachings in schools of young children. It was an acute military that rose from the ashes and rose FAST.

        How can you compare the troops that enlist to fight for your freedom, for your country. Keep in mind, the branches of the military aren't just being sent overseas. Their watching your own borders, their doing things in your backyard to help your nation. If they are overseas, they are being ordered. It's not a "I want to sign the dotted line so I can kill whoever I please," situation. People enlist for an array of reasons.

        I hate to say it, but the war overseas doesn't make headlines these days. So to say that the men and women who walk into the recruiting office and know exactly what their getting their self into, know what their doing, is not the truest of statements.

        Plus, have you ever thought that maybe, to a lot of people, there was always that what if question? That boy or girl who always wanted to be part of something bigger and thought to themselves "well what if I don't join the military and something does happen to the country I call home?"

        There are a lot weighing on their minds and hearts than you're giving them credit for.

        August 1, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • tedk55

      Jessica,you sound as dumb as I am.

      August 1, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Two more right-wing idiots,tedk55 and Jessica!!! What in the world is this country comming to???

        August 1, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Michael

        stuff happens

        August 1, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Jessica

        "Two more right-wing idiots,tedk55 and Jessica!!! What in the world is this country comming to???"

        Uhh, I'm not from America, but thanks for assuming things! I actually come from a nation that doesn't have a strong Military influence. The news reports that manage to trickle into our mainstream news on the war in Afghanistan are few and far apart. And if they do come through, they sure aren't glorifying anything. My opinions and views are made up from my own research I've done. From reading news reports and all types of comments and replies to global stories. And to speak first handedly to many, many men and women who have been over there from different nations.

        This is A (one, singular), opinion that would be considered right wing. Doesn't make me a die hard republican. And whether I stood on the left or right side, don't kid yourselves that you don't need a military. That right there is just plain stupidity. As much as you think you can live in your little utopia where no one kills and no military is needed, YOU CAN'T.

        August 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mission Accomplished

    They just LUVE our Freedumbs and Democracy! 🙂

    July 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Feel free to go fack yourself.

      August 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Come on,Phunnie boy.Never mind the Tea Party lingo.

        August 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  24. George

    Maybe we can pay the Russians to reoccupy the country.

    July 31, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      I think you got something there,George!

      August 1, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. Frank Barry

    What a hate filled blog...

    The answer is simple, 10 years of revenge is too much...
    We should go home...

    But, send the Air Force to methodically destroy the Poppy fields every year...
    That should be the penalty paid by the Taliban...
    Destroy their income source...

    The people should be allowed to govern themselves,
    and If they don't like it, they can leave.. or try to...

    People who refuse to help themselves are themselves to blame...

    July 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
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