Thursday, December 31, 2009

Afghanistan War News Updates -- December 31, 2009

Suicide Bomber Attacks CIA Base In Afghanistan, Killing At Least 8 Americans -- Washington Post

A suicide bomber infiltrated a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least eight Americans in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack on U.S. intelligence personnel in the eight-year-long war and one of the deadliest in the agency's history, U.S. officials said.

The attack represented an audacious blow to intelligence operatives at the vanguard of U.S. counterterrorism operations in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing officials whose job involves plotting strikes against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups that are active on the frontier between the two nations. The facility that was targeted -- Forward Operating Base Chapman -- is in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, which borders North Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area that is believed to be al-Qaeda's home base.

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More News On Afghanistan

CIA Officers Are Killed in Afghan Attack -- Wall Street Journal
Afghan suicide bomber 'kills four CIA agents' after attacking base -- Times Online
CIA workers killed by 'Afghan soldier' -- BBC
Taliban claims responsibility for bombing -- CNN
CIA's darkest day: Eight killed in Afghanistan -- The Telegraph
Eight CIA Officers Die In Afghanistan -- The Atlantic
Afghan violence -- UPI
Taliban claim blasts that kill 13 Westerners -- Yahoo News/AP
Taliban speeds up attacks against foreign troops on New Year's eve -- China View
Taliban claim blast that killed Canadians -- CTV
Canadians killed in Afghanistan attack -- BBC
Routine mission turns deadly for Canadians in Afghanistan -- Toronto Star
Afghanistan far deadlier than Iraq for U.S. troops in 2009 -- USA Today
US troop deaths soared in Afghanistan in 2009 -- Yahoo News/AP
Kabul demands foreign 'killers' handed over -- Yahoo News/AFP
U.S. rushing to build an Afghan army to battle insurgents -- Miami Herald/McClatchy News
Bulgaria sending more troops to Afghanistan -- Yahoo News/AP
Half of UK’s new armoured vehicles in Afghanistan out of service -- Times Online
Pak asks coalition not to leave Afghanistan in haste -- AFP
Afghan War Could Spill Over Into Central Asia -- NPR
Perilous Patrol Through Heart of Taliban Territory -- Washington Times
Marine's Success in Afghanistan Has a History -- Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Army History Finds Early Missteps in Afghanistan -- James Dao, New York Times

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