Jesus Take the Wheel: Suicide Bomber Kills 8 Americans in Afghanistan

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This ~ish is real:

A suicide bomber infiltrated a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least eight Americans in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack on U.S. intelligence personnel in the eight-year-long war and one of the deadliest in the agency’s history, U.S. officials said. The attack represented an audacious blow to intelligence operatives at the vanguard of U.S. counterterrorism operations in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing officials whose job involves plotting strikes against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups that are active on the frontier between the two nations. The facility that was targeted — Forward Operating Base Chapman — is in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, which borders North Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area that is believed to be al-Qaeda’s home base.

U.S. sources confirmed that all the dead and injured were civilians and said they believed that most, if not all, were CIA employees or contractors. At least one Afghan civilian also was killed, the sources said. It is unclear exactly how the assailant managed to gain access to the heavily guarded U.S.-run post, which serves as an operations and surveillance center for the CIA. The bomber struck in what one U.S. official described as the base’s fitness center. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack and said the bomber was “an Afghan National Army officer wearing a suicide vest,” the Associated Press reported. That description could not be confirmed with U.S. or Afghan military officials. But a U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there are Afghan national security forces posted at the base.

Damn, this war business is getting out of hand…

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