Bomb Scare In Afghanistan...

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    Looks like an assassination attempt no?


    Soldiers Tackle Man on Fire During Panetta's Afghan Visit

    In a bizarre security scare on a coalition base in Afghanistan today, defense officials said an Afghan civilian managed to steal a truck, crash it, but then continue to apparently try to attack Western soldiers even though he was on fire -- all while U.S. Defense Secretary sat nearby on a military transport plane.

    The incident occurred at a Camp Bastion airstrip just about the same time Panetta arrived to address troops there in a high profile visit. The suspect, who has not been identified and appears to have been working alone, stole a truck from a British soldier and sped onto the runway where Panetta's plane had landed before he crashed the truck into a ditch, the officials said. The British soldier purportedly suffered a broken pelvis during the theft.

    The man somehow caught on fire in the course of escaping the wreck -- one NATO official said he is suspected of lighting himself on fire -- and then jumped on the side of a vehicle belonging to soldiers responding to the scene, according to several officials. Soldiers from the base's security detail eventually managed to tackle the man to the ground and put out the flames.

    Pentagon spokesperson Capt. John Kirby said that at no point was Panetta in danger and an investigation into the apparent attacker's motive is ongoing. No explosives or weapons were found in the vehicle or with the driver, Kirby said.

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    An assassination attempt - right out of a Marx Brothers movie.
     
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    Not a very effective assassination attempt, but an attempt nonetheless.
     
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    True. But it does border on the comedic.
     
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    This was right before the Marines were disarmed for Panetta's TENT meeting.
     
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    Scary shit, I read that a suicide bomber blew himself up right outside the air port where Panetta landed up, and during Panettas press conference or whatever they had all the troops disarm, American and Afghan, things are getting very dangerous there.
     
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    Disarming those Marines was insane.
     
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    The Taliban has cut off peace talks just as a Taliban leader is reported captured, and demonstrations begin because the soldier who is alleged to have killed 16 civilians is transferred OUT of the country. NOW we see what Afghan troops will do.
     
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    The Afghan Troops have been shooting at us for a while now, that won't change.
     
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    Insane is right. What the hell were they thinking??

    Would have been real cute if the dirtbags raided the meeting and no one had any guns to defend themselves with.

    Sometimes I wonder if some folks have a brain cell that works??

    Time to wave bye bye to Astan. Let the Taliban have that pile of rocks. We've spent more than enough blood an treasure there. Not to mention the billions in aid that went into Karsais pockets. Hope they shoot that asshole on their way out.
     
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