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'Block-Buster' Truck Bomb One of the Biggest Ever
ABC News ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | JAMES GORDON MEEK and ALEEM AGHA

Posted on 11/14/2013 11:46:11 AM PST by huldah1776

Afghan national security forces near the border with Pakistan recently intercepted one of the largest truck bombs ever built, a massive "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device," or VBIED, packed with some 61,500 pounds of explosives.

***snip*** An ABC News investigation, which aired on "World News with Diane Sawyer" this week, showed that lawmakers have tried to stop the U.S. Army from giving logistics contracts to companies linked to Afghan insurgents including the deadly network run by Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Siraj

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; haqqani; terrorism; wot
However...Afghan Companies With Insurgent Ties Still Receive U.S. Contracts

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/world/asia/afghan-companies-with-insurgent-ties-still-receive-us-contracts.html?_r=0

1 posted on 11/14/2013 11:46:11 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

61,500 lbs? That would leave a crater.


2 posted on 11/14/2013 11:49:04 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void

Big crater. Yahoo has a more informed article but it was quoting ABC so I went there.

http://news.yahoo.com/block-buster-truck-bomb-one-biggest-ever-205450100—abc-news-topstories.html


3 posted on 11/14/2013 11:52:45 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: null and void

That IS HUGH!!!

DHS would have a lot of ‘splainin’ if God forbid the homeland had another blast like Oklahoma City


4 posted on 11/14/2013 11:52:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: huldah1776

Drive that sucker to the Mecca, park it, and set that baby off.


5 posted on 11/14/2013 11:53:29 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: null and void

Considering it’s in Afghanistan, that’s not a bad thing.

It would give people something to look at.


6 posted on 11/14/2013 11:56:05 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: huldah1776

After further review and looking at the pic.. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting.. They look like they just tossed stuff in and on top until it filled the canvas covered enclosure.. Imaginative? No. Stinky? Probably

I was more envisioning Oprah and a load of her audience supporters,, 30 tons worth or so. :-o


7 posted on 11/14/2013 11:58:33 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Jonty30
It would give people something to look at.

What, those sexy goats aren't enough for you to look at?

8 posted on 11/14/2013 12:00:09 PM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do I ask for Large Fries.)
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To: Da Coyote

Beat me to announcing the obvious solution.


9 posted on 11/14/2013 12:09:40 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Veggie Todd

Oh baby.

You know what I like.


10 posted on 11/14/2013 12:10:22 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: huldah1776
... lawmakers have tried to stop the U.S. Army from giving logistics contracts to companies linked to Afghan insurgents ...

Much like liberals in the United States who have also been using our own money to fight us for decades.

11 posted on 11/14/2013 12:27:10 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: huldah1776

whoa


12 posted on 11/14/2013 12:39:33 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: huldah1776
a massive "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device,"

Wasn't an IED something were you took a dud artillery shell, replaced the trigger with the receiver from a garage door opener and used that as a roadside bomb? At over 30 tons it doesn't sound the slightest bit "improvised".

13 posted on 11/14/2013 12:52:54 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: null and void

That’ll buff right out...


14 posted on 11/14/2013 12:53:01 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: huldah1776

Throwing the BS flag on the story after checking the pic. That’s not a truck that could haul 30+ tons of anything anyplace. Looks like they intercepted a laundry truck. Whatever is in those bags is dry, meaning it’s not an ANFO bomb. Maybe Paki is hauling fertlizer but it’s not yet assembled into something that would do anything more than burn——and stink. Reporting this as a “big bomb” is someone trying to boost somebody’s creds, probly himself.——there it goes wwwhhhheeeee.


15 posted on 11/14/2013 12:57:20 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: huldah1776

“According to Afghan sources, the driver was a Pakistani who set off a grenade in the cab of the truck. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he detonated a suicide vest and killed himself, officials said.”

I’m guessing they just might want to review their protocals for frisking them for weapons and explosive vests.

“No - my me-ma make vest for me, very precious.”


16 posted on 11/14/2013 12:57:50 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: huldah1776

> According to Afghan sources, the driver was a Pakistani who set off a grenade in the cab of the truck. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he detonated a suicide vest and killed himself, officials said.

WTF? Sets of a grenade in the cab, survives it and then sets of his suicide vest at the hospital! Some real morons running the show there.


17 posted on 11/14/2013 12:57:59 PM PST by soycd
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To: Da Coyote

Are you suggesting blowing up the black vagina rock ?


18 posted on 11/14/2013 1:22:25 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: cherokee1

I was thinking it would have been their IED supply truck.


19 posted on 11/14/2013 1:39:09 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776; Revolting cat!

No smoking!


20 posted on 11/14/2013 1:54:46 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!
Seen the movie?

I guess smoking IS permitted. Steadies the nerves.

21 posted on 11/14/2013 1:58:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

Seen it multiple times, a masterpiece!


22 posted on 11/14/2013 2:01:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: a fool in paradise

A great sit on the edge of your seat film.


23 posted on 11/14/2013 2:34:24 PM PST by windcliff
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To: huldah1776


24 posted on 11/14/2013 4:27:05 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: huldah1776

What kind of truck can carry 61,500lbs?


25 posted on 11/15/2013 12:57:54 AM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: wastedyears

I drive a fairly large concrete mixer that has a nominal max payload of 11 cubic yards that is roughly 44,000 lbs.

Anything heavier requires additional axles, they have mixers that are on trailers but they are very very large and are rarely used in most cities.
About the only way to get that kind of weight on a truck is a set of turnpike doubles. Or a multiple axle lowboy trailer.


26 posted on 11/15/2013 1:11:17 AM PST by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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To: Spartan302

I’ve lived in Brooklyn most of my life, I unfortunately have no idea what you’re talking about.


27 posted on 11/15/2013 2:03:47 AM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: wastedyears

Wheeled Tank transporters have been around for a long time. the WWII medium tank was the Sherman weighing 34 tons or 68,000 pounds. They were hauled on multiple axled trailers for long distances to save wear on the tank’s tracks and suspension. Newer transporters routinely haul tanks weighing 52 tons and more. Check out this link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_transporter


28 posted on 11/15/2013 3:52:30 AM PST by DMZFrank
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To: cherokee1

I think you are right. That truck looks like it might haul a load of rental uniforms back to the laundry facility but even that would be a struggle. Thirty tons would seem to be out of the question.


29 posted on 11/15/2013 5:11:49 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: wastedyears
"What kind of truck can carry 61,500lbs?"

On dirt and sand roads yet....That sucker would sink plumb up to his eyeballs.!!

30 posted on 11/15/2013 5:40:22 AM PST by unread
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To: Spartan302

so judging by the truck, less the wood, could you guestimate the actual load of fertilizer? Either way, less IEDs.


31 posted on 11/15/2013 6:40:07 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Strictly by eyeball, I’m becoming convinced that that 61,500 number is in GRAMS. Which would yield about 1600 pounds...

Oh, well. Most of the MSM types I’ve seen probably couldn’t tell the diff between a gram and a ton unless it landed on their head.

But then, I’ve also never known the media to let the facts get in the way of a good storyline, even if they had to FUBAR the Acceleration of Gravity and every system of weights and measures known to mankind to get there.


32 posted on 11/15/2013 8:57:08 AM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (For why should my Freedom be judged by anothers conscience? 1 Cor 10:29)
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To: huldah1776

“lawmakers have tried to stop the U.S. Army from giving logistics contracts to companies linked to Afghan insurgents”

Good God,, I had no idea we were fighting so brutally. This is total war! We are seriously considering not hiring the enemy to run our logistics? Whats next, nuclear attack?


33 posted on 11/15/2013 11:16:42 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

It’s part of Petraeus’ COIN strategy or the business ROE. Instead of waiting till after the war to rebuild, they fund the enemy during the war to “Influence insurgent-minded individuals to adopt a neutral disposition.”

How’s that working out for you, Mr. Petraeus?

One thing I have to say about the Taliban, they use their money to achieve their goals, as opposed to those who get handouts in the United States.


34 posted on 11/15/2013 12:25:51 PM PST by huldah1776
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