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Afghanistan: Taliban Kill Six Americans (Including US Diplomat)
sky news ^ | April 7, 2013

Posted on 04/07/2013 9:52:05 AM PDT by Red Steel

A young diplomat is among the dead after a Taliban suicide car bombing branded "despicable" by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Taliban militants have killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat, in the deadliest day in Afghanistan for the US in eight months.

Three members of the military, two US civilians and an Afghan doctor died after being hit by an explosion while travelling to donate books to a school in the south.

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute to Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old foreign service officer with the US State Department, who was killed in the "despicable attack" in the province of Zabul.

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Officials said the suicide car bomber struck just as a coalition convoy drove past a caravan of vehicles carrying the governor of Zabul to the same event.

Another American civilian was killed in a separate insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the US military said in a statement.

It was the deadliest day for Americans since August 16 2012, when seven American service members were killed in two attacks in Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban insurgency.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afghanwar; annesmedinghoff; bho44; deaddiplomat; islamicterrorism; johnkerry; kerrylegacy; religionofpeace; smedinghoff; soskerry; taliban; trop; usembassy; waronterror; wddim

1 posted on 04/07/2013 9:52:05 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

It is sad that people are being sacrificed for ??????????.


2 posted on 04/07/2013 9:52:52 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Red Steel

John Kerry is demanding a full investigation. (says nothing about Benghazi)


3 posted on 04/07/2013 9:53:11 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: Red Steel

Time to leave. No more American blood in Afghanistan for “democracy”, women’s liberation, “gay marriage” or any other liberal blessings that we’re foisting upon the world.


4 posted on 04/07/2013 9:57:43 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: hal ogen

Here’s a little something for John Kerry...

And it’s one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Afghanistan;
And it’s five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we’re all gonna die.


5 posted on 04/07/2013 10:02:48 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Red Steel
25 year old diplomat? Female? I'm sure her years of experience and her sex were a real asset in Afghanistan! If our idiotic government weren't so dedicated to diversity this young woman would be alive and covered on her parents health insurance policy.
6 posted on 04/07/2013 10:04:07 AM PDT by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Red Steel

Uh oh. Guess Obama’s gonna have to search for another anti-Mohammed video someone made. You know, to place blame...


7 posted on 04/07/2013 10:07:41 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Red Steel
The Obama administration's Afghanistan policy is failing miserably. The US media avers its eyes.
8 posted on 04/07/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Red Steel
Three members of the military, two US civilians and an Afghan doctor died after being hit by an explosion while travelling to donate books to a school in the south.

I'd say that's really the problem right there. "Be all that you can be" ... "an army of one" ... "the few, the proud, the armed Peace Corps."

9 posted on 04/07/2013 10:24:56 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: Red Steel

This young diplomat was good-looking. I just hope the Islamic Terrorists did not take their usual liberties with women like they usually do


10 posted on 04/07/2013 10:26:22 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Red Steel

The Sec. of States keep getting worse and worse.


11 posted on 04/07/2013 10:26:52 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Red Steel

“Three members of the military, two US civilians and an Afghan doctor died after being hit by an explosion while travelling to donate books to a school in the south.”

What in God’s name are we even doing there anymore?

Risking lives to deliver BOOKS!

Enough of this kumbaya BS.


12 posted on 04/07/2013 10:30:40 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Red Steel

Shouldn’t this be in Breaking? No dead Ambassadors in 30 years and now 2 in a little over 6 months?

This is a State Dept?


13 posted on 04/07/2013 10:32:56 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Red Steel

In interview with Newsweek/Daily Beast, Vice President Biden asserted that “the Taliban per se is not our enemy.”

So then what? they are our friends, as they say with friends like these... What happened to pull our troops out and send them home, close Gitmo, etc.,etc. This administration rather than being the most transparent is the most inept and anti America ever. And considering Carter that is some accomplishment!


14 posted on 04/07/2013 10:41:50 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Red Steel; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

"What difference does it make???!!!"

15 posted on 04/07/2013 11:21:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Red Steel

Everyone in the world knows that Obama is a giant baby boy- playing golf and running after his male lovers.

We are so screwed.

The front doors are wide open and obama is contemplating his naval.


16 posted on 04/07/2013 11:31:14 AM PDT by Truth2012
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To: freekitty

You didn’t really think that we were going to get someone with a brain and a spine did you??? The only country that this current administration can get tough with is ISRAEL. Anyone else they all have a linguine spine with common sense totally absent. I have heard some people remark, “Oh, it would have been different with Hillary.” The only difference between Hillary and B. O. is that Hillary hides it better.


17 posted on 04/07/2013 12:04:10 PM PDT by kagnew (u)
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To: Red Steel

Never bring a book to a gunfight.


18 posted on 04/07/2013 12:04:38 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)
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To: Red Steel
What video caused this? Shouldn’t the film maker be in jail?
19 posted on 04/07/2013 12:24:28 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Red Steel

What were the qualifications of 25 year old diplomat? sounds to odd to be true, other than her first assignment. probably had her masters degree and 2 years foreign service.


20 posted on 04/07/2013 12:54:57 PM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Red Steel

Chicago Sun Times

chicago native (River Grove suburb) father is an attorney
graduate of John Hopkins University - International Studies
Served in Carcas, Venezuela - started in Kabul Afghanistan in July 2012 worked in the press corps - in a convoy to deliver books to an all girls school.

being a chicago native, father being an attorney (AKA campaign donor)


21 posted on 04/07/2013 1:09:41 PM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Or, as Hillary would say, “what difference does it make?” Or as Obama would say, “it wasn’t optimal”. And somehow, this has to be the fault of the US Navy.

Thanks Red Steel.


22 posted on 04/07/2013 1:41:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Red Steel

American Action Hero Kerry’s powerful response to his own failure is marvelous.

This should never have happened, Mr. Secretary, and would NOT have happened if you were anything but an impotent, mouthy dweeb.


23 posted on 04/07/2013 2:06:46 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Red Steel

Seems to be open season on US diplomats lately.


24 posted on 04/07/2013 3:04:41 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Baynative

John Kerry is demanding a full investigation. (says nothing about Benghazi)


And the complacent media will not call him on it, or savage the Obama administration the way they would Bush if any of this happened on his watch.


25 posted on 04/07/2013 3:07:22 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: txhurl

Shouldn’t this be in Breaking? No dead Ambassadors in 30 years and now 2 in a little over 6 months?

This is a State Dept?


Well stated.

We are truly on our own.


26 posted on 04/07/2013 3:08:47 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: headstamp 2

Did our military deliver books during WWII?


27 posted on 04/07/2013 3:10:38 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: kagnew

Of course not. Their goal through their slave masters on the big plantation is to destroy America as it is. Hillary is the same as Obama. They only chose Obama because he appears black which is anyones guess. The elections are usually rigged. I hate it when one of these politicians thinks it’s their turn. That is not an election. I am tired of people like Bill Gates who through their disturbing and sick egos spend their money or use their power to hurt people rather than help. They are not God; and I imagine in their ends they will be silently or out loud praying to God for his forgiveness. I am sick of politicians who steal taxpayer money to line their pockets and that of their friends by doing nothing at all or lying.


28 posted on 04/07/2013 5:02:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Red Steel

Not meaning to sound heartless, but “diplomat?”

A 26-yr old female employee of the DoS is not a diplomat.

She is a staffer, a DoS career employee.


29 posted on 04/08/2013 7:05:42 AM PDT by Hulka
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