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We have a number of members that are located in Afghanistan and would just like to know that none of you were hurt in this attack. :)

 

Praying for all you guys and gals over there - come home safe.

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/16/at-least-6-dead-after-car-bomb-hits-nato-convoy-in-afghanistan/

 

15 killed, including 6 Americans, after car bomb hits US convoy in Afghanistan

Published May 16, 2013

Associated Press

 

KABUL, Afghanistan –  A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy during rush hour in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, including six U.S. military advisers and two children, officials said. U.S. soldiers rushed to the scene to help, including some wearing only T-shirts or shorts under their body armor.

 

An Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out by a new suicide unit formed in response to reports that the U.S. plans to keep permanent bases and troops in Afghanistan even after the 2014 deadline for the end of the foreign combat mission. Hezb-e-Islami said its fighters had stalked the Americans for a week to learn their routine before striking.

 

It was the deadliest attack to rock the Afghan capital in more than two months and followed a series of other attacks against Americans that has made May the deadliest month for international forces this year. U.S.-led forces are increasingly leaving the fighting to their Afghan counterparts and focusing more on training mission in a bid to prepare the government forces to take over their own security after the international combat mission ends by the end of 2014.

 

The explosion was powerful enough to rattle buildings on the other side of the city, and left body parts scattered on the street.

Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Secretary, confirmed that two American soldiers were killed, while international security company DynCorp International said four of its American civilian contractors were among the dead. DynCorp International said its employees were working with U.S. forces training the Afghan military when the blast occurred.

 

Nine Afghan civilians also were killed, including two children, and 35 people were wounded, Health Ministry spokesman Kanishka Beektash Torkystani said.

 

The deaths pushed the monthly toll for the U.S.-led coalition to 18, making May the deadliest month so far this year. By comparison, 44 international troops were killed in the same period last year, reflecting the fact that the overall number of deaths has dropped as Afghan forces increasingly take the lead.

 

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at about 8 a.m., Kabul provincial police spokesman Hashmad Stanakzi said. "The explosion was very big. It set the nearby buildings on fire," he said.

 

Kabul Deputy Police Chief Daud Amin said it was difficult to count the dead because the blast tore apart many of the bodies.

"We saw two dead bodies of children on the ground," Amin said. "But the rest of the (shattered) bodies were scattered around."

 

It was the bloodiest attack in the Afghan capital since March 9, when suicide bombers struck near the Afghan Defense Ministry while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was visiting.

 

President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, saying it was the work of "terrorists and enemies of Afghanistan's peace."

 

A spokesman for Hizb-e-Islami, Haroon Zarghoon, told The Associated Press that one of the movement's operatives carried out the attack on two vehicles of U.S. advisers.

 

Zarghoon says the militant group has formed a new cell to carry out suicide attacks on U.S. and other coalition troops.

 

"The cell had been monitoring the movement and timing of the American convoy for a week and implemented the plan Thursday morning," Zarghoon said.

 

He said the cell was established in response to reports that the U.S. plans to keep permanent bases and troops in Afghanistan even after the NATO withdrawal.

 

The U.S. has said it wants no permanent bases in Afghanistan after 2014, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai raised eyebrows last week when he announced he had agreed to an American request to keep nine bases.

 

A small American force is expected to remain in the country to assist Afghans in keeping security, but the exact number or mission has not yet been decided.

 

Hizb-e-Islami, a fierce rival of the Taliban movement as well as the Americans, is headed by 65-year-old Gubuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister and onetime U.S. ally who is now listed as a terrorist by Washington. The militia has thousands of fighters and followers in the country's north and east.

 

Hekmatyar's government was heavily financed by the U.S. during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.  He is now is being hunted by Afghan and NATO troops. U.S. bombs have targeted his military chief, Kashmir Khan, in Kunar province in northeastern Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan. Khan was wounded but survived.

 

However, Hekmatyar's son-in-law has held peace talks with Karzai and American officials. In a further sign of the complexities of the Afghan insurgency, Hizb-e-Islami is also a rival to the Taliban insurgency, even though both movements share the goal of driving out foreign troops and establishing a state that would follow a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

 

Hekmatyar and the Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Omar, are said to be bitter personal enemies.

 

Thursday's attack was the second in eight months claimed by Hizb-e-Islami. In September, the militant group claimed responsibility when a female suicide car bomber killed least 12 people. At the time, Hizb-e-Islami said the attack was revenge for the film "Innocence of Muslims," which was made by an Egyptian-born American citizen and infuriated Muslims for its negative depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

 

 

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My hubby is a contract worker in Afghanistan.  Have not heard from him.  When things like this happens and anytime soldiers or civilians are involved, they do a black out.  NO COMMUNICATION.  As soon as word comes my way I will fill you in.  In the meantime I wait.  :(:unsure:

 

Member "Rico" is there as well and many more. 

 

Pray for all those that are involved in this horrific attack.  Their families will need the American people's support in prayer. 

 

Mods, would it be to much to ask for an icon of praying hands.

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Thanks Texas Granny and All .. I agree lets get everyone out of the M.E., I know for one I am getting tired already of all this Incoming .. As soon as Iraq gets ready I know the most of us out here are ready to come home as well .. Thanks for the Prayers ..

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My hubby is a contract worker in Afghanistan.  Have not heard from him.  When things like this happens and anytime soldiers or civilians are involved, they do a black out.  NO COMMUNICATION.  As soon as word comes my way I will fill you in.  In the meantime I wait.  :(:unsure:

 

Member "Rico" is there as well and many more. 

 

Pray for all those that are involved in this horrific attack.  Their families will need the American people's support in prayer. 

 

Mods, would it be to much to ask for an icon of praying hands.

Lots of prayers and positive thoughts to all those involved, esp those who lost family members. Go RV .. Come home safely  to all those serving our country in our Armed Forces. From : VietNam Vet who has been in the battle.

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My hubby is a contract worker in Afghanistan.  Have not heard from him.  When things like this happens and anytime soldiers or civilians are involved, they do a black out.  NO COMMUNICATION.  As soon as word comes my way I will fill you in.  In the meantime I wait.  :(:unsure:

 

Member "Rico" is there as well and many more. 

 

Pray for all those that are involved in this horrific attack.  Their families will need the American people's support in prayer. 

 

Mods, would it be to much to ask for an icon of praying hands.

 

 

Here you go Pattyangel - Adam said this was an easy one! :praying:

 

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  1. I am still here in the armpit of the world. I am not in Kabul. I am ok, but thats all I can say. Thanks for asking.

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I'm ok, I haven't been to Kabul since last year.

 

I would like to thank you Texas Granny and Pattyangle for your thoughts and good wishes. I am also happy Patty that your husband is OK.

 

I am going on R and R and will be in the states on sunday the 26th and my wif can hardly wait. I talked to her last night my time and she had heard about the bomb and was all upset.

 

Take care and God Bless

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I'm still kicking over here , someone's gotta give Keep'em a hard time. Thanks for checking Texasgranny.

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I'm ok, I haven't been to Kabul since last year.

 

I would like to thank you Texas Granny and Pattyangle for your thoughts and good wishes. I am also happy Patty that your husband is OK.

 

I am going on R and R and will be in the states on sunday the 26th and my wif can hardly wait. I talked to her last night my time and she had heard about the bomb and was all upset.

 

Take care and God Bless

 

Lucky you and I'm sure your wife's open arms will surely be awesome.  I know how she feels, poor thing.  My hubby's R & R will be in July, and for me the days go by slow.  It  just doesn't come soon enough. 

 

Have a safe travel home.  That's always my biggest concern, is the flight coming home.  Its such a long flight. 

 

In the meantime you guys stay extra safe.  Hopefully this war will end soon, or the RV. 

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Thank You Texas Granny For The "Heads Up" Much Appreciated.

 

:) Oleman and the rest of you... it's such a relief to hear from you all and please know we love you and want you home safe... ASAP! :)

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I don't want this to get buried so I'm bumping it to the top. We still have others that have not posted - roadrunner, where are you?

 

:praying:

 

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My prayers to everyone in Afghanistan - mjilitary, contractors and NGA's.  We just had some or our Montana National Guard MPs and Helo pilots come back. 

 

Based on the stories I heard from them, I can only say the same things I told my guys in Iraq as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant.

 

"Keep your head on swivel, keep your A$$ down, watch out for your buddy and don't be a hero."

 

Look forward to having ALL of you home and safe.

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I do hope they're all ok and safe. Also hope ( for them and their families) they will get back home  soon.

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Thx Granny for your concern, we had some incoming but everyone is ok, only one casuality....keep us in your prayers!!!!

 

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Hubby informed me they had incoming a couple of days in a row.  He's okay.  Please DV members keep the prayers coming.  It is so nerve racking for the ones at home.  :(

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