Skip to comments.Gunmen Attack Afghan Presidential Palace - Reuters Witnesses
Posted on 06/24/2013 7:54:43 PM PDT by kristinn
A Reuters reporter at the palace said the attack began soon after 6.30 a.m. (0200 GMT) on the building's east gate. Reporters were gathering for a press event with President Hamid Karzai.
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It would bea real shame if something happened to Karzai.
Taliban claim attack on presidential palace and say also targeting nearby Afghanistan defence ministry, other buildings
It would be one less thorn in obama’s side . . . .
Well, those peace talks with the Taliban are underway I see.
Karzai’s opposition to the peace talks with the Taliban may not matter much longer.
Kabul attack update: CIA HQ office building in front of Presidential Palace is on fire. Guns are silent now: @1TVNewsAF
Kabul attack update: Likely 2 insurgents in stand-off with security forces. Over 15 blasts happened, gunfire still underway.
This changes my indifference to the whole thing: According to the BBC, US personnel from “a nearby CIA station” are involved in the firefight.
Is this Kabul ‘13 or Tet ‘68?
AQ/Taliban are giving Obama a bloody nose for the road.
Any Muslims killed?
A BBC correspondent says the assailants are embroiled in clashes with President Hamid Karzai's bodyguards, as well as US personnel from the nearby CIA station.
Just a few days ago, it was reported that the Obama administration was negotiating directly with Karzai’s opposition and cutting him out of the loop.
They should send Kerry out to talk to the insurgent attackers. It’s probably just a misunderstanding on their part. He’ll sit down with them and straighten things out.
the palace is literally around a corner from the embassy and ISAF hq...and an allegedly ‘secret’ CIA compound...how the hell they got in as far as the gate of the palace is beyond me
(well, actually I’ve been saying since 2010 when DoS supported Karzai kicking out the ex-pat security contractors that all it was going to take was a family member kidnapping and the TB would be able to drive a VBIED right past the checkpoints at Massoud circle since they were all manned by LN’s)
Karzai not invited to participate by Obama = signal to Taliban that he wouldn’t be against an attack on him.
[light bulb over head]
Obama is on the side of the people who we have fought for 11 years.
Dead betrayed seals, support for al Queda, withdrawals without victory. Kind of makes you wonder what our military is being asked to honor.
I’m still waiting to see Obama sit down with them without preconditions.
I’m still waiting to see Obama sit down with them without preconditions.
Karzai is a thorn in all our sides.Corrupt,two faced SOB.
obama is stuck. can’t blow the place to pieces with a drone, he can’t get the TelePrompTer in there in time to give a big speech, and he can’t vote “present”.
He’s all out of options.
Taliban spokesman says suicide bombers attacked presidential palace, Min of Defense and Ariana Hotel (which is CIA's HQ)
Seems like the domestic enemy within is allied with foreign muslims looking to reestablish a caliphate in Damascus.
Sounds like treason and a waste of American troops lives is in progress.
It is remarkable - and sad - how much Afghanistan today is like Vietnam then.
And it will end the same way. The US will declare a face-saving "victory", and pull out. The insurgents will then overrun the demoralized government forces. Then we'll see helicopters taking off from the embassy rooftop again.
It's almost unbearably sad.
What difference does it make!
I wonder what YouTube video pissed them off
The White House has released a statement insisting that they found out about the attack on television, like everyone else.
Further proof that unless they are spying on Americans, the NSA can’t find their own butt with both hands.
The bbc is reporting that the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“They should send Kerry out to talk to the insurgent attackers. Its probably just a misunderstanding on their part. Hell sit down with them and straighten things out.”
“Do you like ketchup on your yak?”
BO has another dilemma but AF One will still fly off for the African vacation tomorrow after he taxes us on energy use.
Yes but will Kerry still give the taliban their office space he promised?
I think it’s further proof that *because* the NSA is so obsessed with spying on Americans, they can’t deflect threats overseas anymore.
They’re too busy building the world’s largest data repository of Youtube cat videos.
Oh I get it. We can send people to backup a corrupt mooslime POS but we won't send anyone to help our own ambassador.
I am amazed that I am still amazed by the utter corruption, incompetence and malfeasance of this govt.
Multiple reports the attack is ended with all attackers dead.
Regular NVA divisions backed by tanks, artillery and MiG's overran Saigon, not Vietcong insurgents, who were wiped out during the Tet Offensive back in 1968.
O has been undercutting Karzai since he took office.
Tonight’s attack, with us negotiating with the Talibs behind his back, will let Karzai know he must to see to his own survival.
He has known that since soon after O took office, but this will give it an exclamation point.
O is knocking over governments all over the middle east and replacing them with Muslim Brotherhood, and using Al Qaeda gunmen to do the dirty work. He is in the process of handing Afghanistan over to the Talibs. This shouldn’t be that difficult to figure out. I think Karzai figured it out a long time ago.
Yup, Hiroshima ended up the same way....all attackers dead of course there was no city left either.
I think Barry should hop onto his yak and head over there and sit down and eat a little goat with these guys and talk out their problems one on one. They would probably even let him bring his teleprompter.
He has not yet quite gotten the full hitler thing down yet as he does not flail his arms about while giving one of his speeches....he does point and make this idiotic pointing upward of a finger like an exclamation point to highlight some point in one of his meandering diatrobes. When he gets to the full flailing of the arms level, perhaps then, someone will recognize this guy is Hitler II.
Yes, you're right. And I know that many RVN units performed admirably during those terrible final days. But IMHO, the analogy still holds. Afghanistan will end up exactly like Vietnam did.
Well, not exactly. After taking South Vietnam, the North did not then use it as a base to attack the US. After taking Afghanistan, radical islam WILL use it as a base to attack the US (again).
must be his african hotel room has dish network?
I am amazed Karzai has held out this long.
right after he gets a purple heart for the hangnail he got while typing the requisition!
Could get ugly real fast.
It’s not Tet 68, I know that one.
I'm actually cautiously optimistic. Because of Kashmir and Central Asia, both the Indians and the Russians have a reason to keep the Afghan government standing. It all comes down to funding. The Soviets sent billions in brand-new equipment on credit* to the North Vietnamese just prior to the end in 1975. Russia alone has a bigger economy than the Soviet Union, thanks to free market reform and skyrocketing commodity prices. Bottom line is that Russia + India > any combination of private Gulf state donors.
* The mammoth scale of this loan was such that it never paid back in full and was written off against rent payments for Soviet bases in Communist Vietnam.
How you doin’ bro? Hope all is well.
Dear Obama, WTF are you doing?