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AP sources: CIA base chief killed in attack
Associated Press ^ | Dec. 31, 2009, 1:20 pm EST | PAMELA HESS and ADAM GOLDMAN

Posted on 12/31/2009 10:32:39 AM PST by BP2



WASHINGTON – The CIA said Thursday that seven of its employees were killed and six others wounded in a suicide bombing at a base in Afghanistan. The Associated Press has learned that one of them was the chief of the CIA's post in Afghanistan's southeastern Khost Province.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a message to agency staff that the casualties sustained in Wednesday's strike at Forward Operating Base Chapman were the result of a terrorist attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Initial reports indicated that eight American civilians had been killed. There was no explanation for the discrepancy in Panetta's message, which was released by the CIA in an unusual step a day after one of the deadliest attacks on the agency in its history.

"Those who fell yesterday were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism," Panetta said. "We owe them our deepest gratitude, and we pledge to them and their families that we will never cease fighting for the cause to which they dedicated their lives — a safer America."

"Yesterday's tragedy reminds us that the men and women of the CIA put their lives at risk every day to protect this nation," he said. "Throughout our history, the reality is that those who make a real difference often face real danger."

No further information about the victims would be released, the CIA director said, "due to the sensitivity of their mission and other ongoing operations."


(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afghanwar; cia; fobchapman; military; miserablefailure; obama; obamaswar; warcrime

No mention, of course, on how Obama's dithering on sending more troops to Afghanistan had an impact on this attack.

1 posted on 12/31/2009 10:32:39 AM PST by BP2
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To: BP2

This stuff wasn’t happening under Bush.


2 posted on 12/31/2009 10:36:58 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: BP2

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3 posted on 12/31/2009 10:38:58 AM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: BP2
Hopefully we don't have an Obama administration turncoat who gave out the location of these agents.
4 posted on 12/31/2009 10:39:13 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: BP2

How long before the first post about lazy, incompetent, overpaid, leeching government employees shows up?


5 posted on 12/31/2009 10:41:16 AM PST by seowulf (Petraeus, cross the Rubicon.)
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To: BP2

He was targeted. No doubt about it. Who in Hussein’s administration tipped them off?


6 posted on 12/31/2009 10:42:11 AM PST by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: BP2

The CIA said Thursday that seven of its employees were killed including the CIA chief, and six others wounded in a suicide bombing at a base in Afghanistan.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Oh yeah...

I can just hear the doors being locked of the anti-intel and anti CIA funding types in D.C.

Private security in D.C. booms...


7 posted on 12/31/2009 10:43:41 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: seowulf

> How long before the first post about lazy, incompetent,
> overpaid, leeching government employees shows up?

That would NOT be CIA field agents. They have a very
dangerous job and do things we have no idea to protect us.


8 posted on 12/31/2009 10:44:06 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: LibWhacker

Hard to believe we’re even discussing this as a serious possibility. But it is.

This is getting more surreal by the hour.


9 posted on 12/31/2009 10:44:26 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: BP2

If anyone doubts that Obama’s gutting of the CIA’s ability to interrogate the enemy is one of the reasons behind the latest “human caused events” then I have a brindge in brooklyn....


10 posted on 12/31/2009 10:45:16 AM PST by Tulane
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To: Lazamataz

rules of engagement were changed. Now we can’t do anything until after they blow themselves up.

Obama should be hung for treason by our troops.


11 posted on 12/31/2009 10:45:36 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: LibWhacker

You need to ask, when the littleman Rahm told us any crisis is so valuable to their goals?


12 posted on 12/31/2009 10:47:08 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: BP2

Somebody let me know when President Dithers makes a statement on this.


13 posted on 12/31/2009 10:47:32 AM PST by truthkeeper ("Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?")
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To: Lazamataz

This stuff wasn’t happening under Bush.


Oh really? Get real.


14 posted on 12/31/2009 10:48:40 AM PST by eleni121 (For Jesus did not give us a timid spirit , but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline)
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To: FreeReign

“Hopefully we don’t have an Obama administration turncoat who gave out the location of these agents”

No, no worries. They’ll sell secrets to China for campaign cash, strategically damage the economy beyond repair, but I’m sure they’d draw the line at that.


15 posted on 12/31/2009 10:49:04 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Lazamataz

Because if any Admin member gave info to the enemy they would have been arrested.


16 posted on 12/31/2009 10:50:18 AM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: FreeReign

Leon Panetta would be the first suspect if not Obama himself.


17 posted on 12/31/2009 10:50:58 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: BP2

Afghanistan was under control under Bush and Franks. They were smart to take the fight to Iraq and draw in Al Qaeda.


18 posted on 12/31/2009 10:51:34 AM PST by jersey117
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To: BP2
CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a message to agency staff that the casualties sustained in Wednesday's strike at Forward Operating Base Chapman were the result of a terrorist attack.

Panetta could lose his job for calling it a terrorist attack instead of a man caused disaster.
19 posted on 12/31/2009 10:52:08 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Lazamataz

Isn’t that the truth? I’ve though about that lately...so much of it hitting the fan. Of course in Iraq and Afghanistan the new ROE’s are guaranteed to result in more loss of life..


20 posted on 12/31/2009 10:52:56 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: eleni121

Was there a comparable attack on one of our bases where this many CIA agents were killed, including a chief?

I don’t think so. This is the worst attack of its kind since the war started. It’s also been the deadliest, bloodiest year there since it started.

But I’m sure none of that has anything to do with the change in leadership. Pure coincidence.


21 posted on 12/31/2009 10:53:48 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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