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Gunmen Attack Afghan Presidential Palace - Reuters Witnesses
Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Posted on 06/24/2013 7:54:43 PM PDT by kristinn

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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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(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afghanwar; iran; israel; kabul; karzai; presidentialpalace; rop; russia; taliban; talibanattack; waronterror
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A dozen or more explosions heard in area of palace. Reports of presidential security in gunfight with attackers.
1 posted on 06/24/2013 7:54:43 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

It would bea real shame if something happened to Karzai.


2 posted on 06/24/2013 8:00:27 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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Reuters India ‏@ReutersIndia 5m

Taliban claim attack on presidential palace and say also targeting nearby Afghanistan defence ministry, other buildings

3 posted on 06/24/2013 8:00:34 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Farmer Dean

It would be one less thorn in obama’s side . . . .


4 posted on 06/24/2013 8:02:21 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: kristinn

Well, those peace talks with the Taliban are underway I see.


5 posted on 06/24/2013 8:02:28 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: kristinn

Karzai’s opposition to the peace talks with the Taliban may not matter much longer.


6 posted on 06/24/2013 8:03:23 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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Freelance reporter:

Kabul attack update: CIA HQ office building in front of Presidential Palace is on fire. Guns are silent now: @1TVNewsAF

More:

Kabul attack update: Likely 2 insurgents in stand-off with security forces. Over 15 blasts happened, gunfire still underway.

7 posted on 06/24/2013 8:05:45 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

This changes my indifference to the whole thing: According to the BBC, US personnel from “a nearby CIA station” are involved in the firefight.


8 posted on 06/24/2013 8:06:28 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: kristinn

Is this Kabul ‘13 or Tet ‘68?


9 posted on 06/24/2013 8:06:55 PM PDT by JPX2011
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To: kristinn
No,No! We will protect Karzi. It is just that we have so much trouble getting people to Benghazi.

vaudine

10 posted on 06/24/2013 8:08:26 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: kristinn

AQ/Taliban are giving Obama a bloody nose for the road.


11 posted on 06/24/2013 8:08:30 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: kristinn

Any Muslims killed?


12 posted on 06/24/2013 8:09:00 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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BBC

SNIP

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.

13 posted on 06/24/2013 8:09:12 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

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.


14 posted on 06/24/2013 8:09:21 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: kristinn

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.


15 posted on 06/24/2013 8:11:25 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JohnBrowdie

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)


16 posted on 06/24/2013 8:11:59 PM PDT by Abundy
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To: kristinn

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.


17 posted on 06/24/2013 8:12:01 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: saganite

I’m still waiting to see Obama sit down with them without preconditions.


18 posted on 06/24/2013 8:12:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: saganite

I’m still waiting to see Obama sit down with them without preconditions.


19 posted on 06/24/2013 8:12:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: JohnBrowdie

Karzai is a thorn in all our sides.Corrupt,two faced SOB.


20 posted on 06/24/2013 8:12:15 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: kristinn

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.


21 posted on 06/24/2013 8:12:45 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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Reuters reporter:

Taliban spokesman says suicide bombers attacked presidential palace, Min of Defense and Ariana Hotel (which is CIA's HQ)

22 posted on 06/24/2013 8:12:59 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Bump


23 posted on 06/24/2013 8:14:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Farmer Dean
Interesting what fanatics will do when given an opportunity.

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.

24 posted on 06/24/2013 8:14:43 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: JPX2011
Is this Kabul ‘13 or Tet ‘68?

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.

25 posted on 06/24/2013 8:16:58 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Farmer Dean

What difference does it make!


26 posted on 06/24/2013 8:18:45 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: kristinn

I wonder what YouTube video pissed them off


27 posted on 06/24/2013 8:21:23 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: kristinn

The White House has released a statement insisting that they found out about the attack on television, like everyone else.


28 posted on 06/24/2013 8:22:39 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Further proof that unless they are spying on Americans, the NSA can’t find their own butt with both hands.


29 posted on 06/24/2013 8:24:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

The bbc is reporting that the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.


30 posted on 06/24/2013 8:26:10 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Cicero

“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.”

“Do you like ketchup on your yak?”

-John Kerry


31 posted on 06/24/2013 8:31:46 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: kristinn

BO has another dilemma but AF One will still fly off for the African vacation tomorrow after he taxes us on energy use.


32 posted on 06/24/2013 8:31:53 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Yes but will Kerry still give the taliban their office space he promised?


33 posted on 06/24/2013 8:34:45 PM PDT by soycd
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To: dfwgator

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.


34 posted on 06/24/2013 8:37:04 PM PDT by PlanToDisappear
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To: JPX2011
Hang around. Zero is doing everything possible to make our exit from Afghanistan look like Saigon '75.
35 posted on 06/24/2013 8:47:31 PM PDT by kitchen (Make plans and prepare. You'll never have trouble if you're ready for it. - TR)
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To: JohnBrowdie
US personnel from “a nearby CIA station” are involved in the firefight.

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.

36 posted on 06/24/2013 8:56:12 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The Gubment Has No Legitimacy. It needs to be Removed!)
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To: All

Multiple reports the attack is ended with all attackers dead.


37 posted on 06/24/2013 9:00:49 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Leaning Right
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.

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.

38 posted on 06/24/2013 9:03:00 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: kristinn

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.


39 posted on 06/24/2013 9:03:19 PM PDT by marron
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To: kristinn

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.


40 posted on 06/24/2013 9:09:23 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Zhang Fei
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.

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).

41 posted on 06/24/2013 9:13:37 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: JohnBrowdie

must be his african hotel room has dish network?


42 posted on 06/24/2013 9:21:54 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: kristinn

I am amazed Karzai has held out this long.


43 posted on 06/24/2013 9:25:12 PM PDT by montag813
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To: soycd

right after he gets a purple heart for the hangnail he got while typing the requisition!


44 posted on 06/24/2013 9:28:54 PM PDT by Mom MD (A million people attended Obamas inauguration. 14 of them actually missed work)
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To: Farmer Dean
It is more complicated than that. Besides the Taliban there are the 7 controlling families/tribes that are also vying for power. It still operates as a Feudal system over here.

Could get ugly real fast.

45 posted on 06/24/2013 9:29:04 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: JPX2011

It’s not Tet 68, I know that one.


46 posted on 06/24/2013 9:33:56 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Leaning Right
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.

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.

47 posted on 06/24/2013 9:36:44 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: tet68

:)


48 posted on 06/24/2013 9:47:28 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: tet68

How you doin’ bro? Hope all is well.

Bravo Zulu.


49 posted on 06/24/2013 9:54:22 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: kristinn

Dear Obama, WTF are you doing?


50 posted on 06/24/2013 9:58:19 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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