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  •  The CIA death in Kandahar (1+ / 0-)
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    Yesterday, the New York Times had told us, the Americans (now known to be a CIA officer and a Military Intelligence soldier) visiting with the N.D.S. were there to deliver furniture:

    The suicide attack on Saturday morning occurred when a delegation including American coalition members and several members of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security arrived to deliver new furniture to the intelligence office in the Maruf district, a remote area of Kandahar Province, according to local Afghan officials.

    Suicide ‘Insider’ Attack Kills Six in Afghanistan, New York Times

    The Times had also told us that the attacker didn't know that U.S. forces were present.
    In this case the target appears to have been the Afghan agents, Afghan and international officials said.

    Haji Malim Toorylai, the Maruf district chief, said, “The man believed he was attacking the N.D.S. delegation; he probably was not aware of the foreign soldiers coming with them.” An official of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force gave a similar assessment. “It was an N.D.S. attack on N.D.S., and we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the official said.

    ISAF and U.S. media are now trying to walk back on earlier reported detail about the attacker. Here's an example of what had been said yesterday:
    The Afghan official said that the bomber had worked for eight years for the agency and that he knew that a delegation including coalition officials was visiting from Kandahar city.

    “He set himself off as he met the Afghan and coalition delegation getting off from a helicopter. He knew a delegation was visiting that day,” the official said.

    Afghan spy carried out suicide attack: officials, Dawn

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