June 6, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Team Obama's negotiating partners, the Taliban, today killed at least 22 and wounded more than 50 in a double suicide coordinated bombing attack in a staging area outside Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan.
The first explosive device, carried by a motorcyclist was detonated, "in an area where truckers gather," followed by another set off by a person on foot as a crowd gathered, attempting to help the victims of the first blast. This is a standard jihadist tactic, calculated to maximize casualties. [source, Tom A. Peter, Suicide bombings in Afghanistan highlight difficult task ahead for US, NATO Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2012/0606/Suicide-bombings-in-Afghanistan-highlight-difficult-task-ahead-for-US-NATO-video]
According to multiple reports including a posting on an al-Qaeda propaganda website, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the violence.
Though the incidence of such attacks have ebbed slightly this year, today's bombing may signal the onset of a new Taliban offensive, timed to coincide with administration plans to start a hasty retreat of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, scheduled to commence in a few months.
A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul went through the normal and pointless diplomatic exercise, condemning the event - as if the Taliban will be dissuaded in the future from similar terror exercises by mere harsh words.
As we go to press we are unaware of any counter measures or military actions which are being taken to prevent this from being a continuously recurring theme.
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