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IMF Representative Killed In Coordinated Taliban Assault On Upscale Kabul Restaurant

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The IMF has reported that its resident respresentative in Afghanistan - 60-year-old Wabel Abdallah - is among the 15 people killed in a coordinated assault at a Kabul restaurant by the Taliban. The upscale taverna is well-known to be frequented by foreigners and ex-pats. As Reuters reports, Abdallah had been leading the IMF's office in the Afgan capital since 2008 and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said "this is tragic news, and we at the fund are all devastated."


Via BNO,

A resident representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was among at least fourteen people killed on Friday during a coordinated assault on an upscale restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the Fund confirmed.


“We have just learned that our dear colleague and friend Wabel Abdallah, our Resident Representative in Afghanistan, was killed in an attack at a restaurant in Kabul in which many people were killed,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. “This is tragic news, and we at the Fund are all devastated.”


Lagarde added: “Our hearts go out to Wabel’s family and friends, as well as the other victims of this attack.”


Wabel Abdallah, 60, was a Lebanese national who was appointed Resident Representative in June 2008. He joined the Fund from the Central Bank of Lebanon in 1993, and has held various IMF positions, particularly posts relating to IMF activities and operations in the Middle East.

As AFP reports, this appears coordinated...

It was another friendly evening at the Taverna du Liban restaurant in Kabul, with Afghans and foreigners enjoying the generous helpings of food when a blast exploded outside and gunmen burst in, intent on killing everyone they could find.




The Taverna was one of the few social venues in Kabul where locals and foreigners mixed with ease, enjoying its Lebanese staples such as hummus, falafel, shawarma kebabs and bakhlava dessert.




One cook recalled his dramatic escape from the carnage.


"I was sitting with my friends in the kitchen when an explosion happened and smoke filled the kitchen," kebab cook Abdul Majid told AFP while being treated for leg fractures in a nearby hospital.


"A man came inside shouting and he started shooting. One of my colleagues was shot and fell down. I ran to the roof and threw myself to the neighbouring property."


The restaurant's wide range of customers included Afghan businessmen, government officials, foreign diplomats, development consultants and aid workers.

Of course, the assumption is that this is a random attack on an ex-pat and foreigner frequented taverna and not a more specific targeted attack on the people that really pull the strings all over the world. We can only hope that the Greeks don't get any ideas...


However, as Bloomberg reports, it seems more targeted...

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Kabul restaurant filled with foreigners and affluent Afghans, while two gunmen snuck in through the back door and opened fire Friday in a brazen dinnertime attack that killed 16people, officials said.


The Taliban claimed responsibility within an hour of the attack against La Taverna du Liban, part of a stepped-up campaign of violence against foreign and government interests to send a message that the militants are not going anywhere as the U.S.-led coalition winds down its combat mission at the end of the year.


The bombing served as a reminder that although militant violence in the capital has dropped off in recent months, insurgents remain capable of carrying out attacks inside the most heavily guarded areas.


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Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:27 | 4342553 fuu
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Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:31 | 4342574 Stackers
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upscale Kabul restaurant = no goats allowed ?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:08 | 4342715 negative rates
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It all about the Fund ementals, of the economy. We too are regretful that the quality of the food we eat in the future won't be as good as before, BITCHES!

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:16 | 4342745 fonestar
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Blow up the rest of the IMF too and shoot down their planes before they can land.

Terrorists killing terrorists.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:53 | 4342857 Crawdaddy
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The IMF is more dangerous to planet earth than all the hajis in the world.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:31 | 4343052 chemystical
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"The Propaganda Div of TPTB reports that the Financial Div of TPTB tells it that one of its reps has been killed by "terrorists.

After we return from the break: 1+1 is still 3, and nevermind what those freedom-hating mathmeticians tell you."

And now a word from our sponsor:

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Fri, 01/17/2014 - 23:43 | 4343192 sgorem
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"this is tragic news, and we at the fund are all devastated.".....yeah, about as fucking devastated as I am, next! Super Bowl Sunday, now that'll be "devastating":) 


Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:56 | 4342672 Andrew G
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Allahu Akbar!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 09:09 | 4343694 jimmytorpedo
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It's name was Alan's Snack Bar.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:28 | 4342560 Soda Popinski
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Poor IMF.  Must find replacement to continue cash payments to Western banks for all the Opium profits.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:40 | 4342607 dick cheneys ghost
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Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:46 | 4342634 W74
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It all goes to Russia, much to Putin's chagrin.  Alcoholism in Russia is bad enough, but to have the West funneling opiates there way....

Basically the US is doing to Russia what Britain did to China 200 years ago.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:00 | 4342686 insanelysane
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WTF is the taliban thinking???  The IMF is going to bring down western countries way before the taliban can do it.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:09 | 4342723 negative rates
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They were thinkin that we started a war against them and that it's not over, as widely reported.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:58 | 4342874 Crawdaddy
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Maybe the attackers were just pissed there were no Superman towels included with the opening of an IMF Super Country Destroyer account?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:29 | 4342563 NOZZLE
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fantastic news, you know they call a dead IMF  representative? A good start. Too bad Christine LeStench wasnt there eating Kabobs.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:29 | 4342566 layman_please
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things are looking up

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:29 | 4342570 starman
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Tragic ? Why? He's going to heaven to have seven virgins. Wait was he a Muslim IMF officer?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:11 | 4342729 JackWills
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Nope he gets 7 VIRGIN COUNTRIES to plunder for the IMF in his next life.  I really think this was a message to the IMF to pay more money for the poppy crops this year,  the price they had on the table was insulting to the Taliban.  Kind of like killing the messengers in the old days when you were offended by the demands.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:30 | 4342571 fonzannoon
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Leave it to the Taliban to start killing bankers. Go figure?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:36 | 4342594 suteibu
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To you and several others on this thread...

I come for the news, I stay for the comments.  Do they serve beer in the joint?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:42 | 4342617 Kirk2NCC1701
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Taliban killing banksters?  Now I'm totally confused.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:50 | 4342643 SilverIsKing
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Perhaps it wasn't Taliban.  Perhaps the guy was targeted and everyone else in the restaurant was just collateral damage.  Perhaps we'll never know the truth.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:03 | 4342699 kito
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my sources tell me its a false flag to begin a war against the talib....oh wait........that happened already......

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:42 | 4342822 Kaiser Sousa
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a sad day when its left to the CIA trained and funded Taliban to show Americans in what actions theIr only salvation lies...

but, an auspicious beginning nonetheless...


Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:04 | 4342700 q99x2
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Could have been hit by a United States of America soldier that stood up for the Nation he was fighting for, after het realized he was just a mercenary, for group of pedophiles 

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:39 | 4342817 chunga
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No shit. Aren't the Talibans supposed to be the bad guys?

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 02:37 | 4343433 13thWarrior
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Even bad guys have morals,same cannot be said for bankers and lawyers.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:31 | 4342578 loveyajimbo
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Was it Legarde?  Was it Legarde?  Was it Legarde??




Sat, 01/18/2014 - 15:02 | 4344259 XitSam
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The IMF has offices and employees in out of the way places like Afghanistan.  Interesting.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:33 | 4342583 Emergency Ward
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We need a propaganda photo of Obama standing next to a predator drone in front of a large "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:44 | 4342586 JustObserving
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Weren't we in Afghanistan to get Osama bin Laden?  He died on December 15 2001 according to the best information we have.  So who, if anyone, was killed on May 1, 2011?  Of course, we needed the bogeyman alive for years so we could have the war on terror aka as war on freedom and liberties of the American people.

Pulitzer-prize winner journalist Seymour Hersh on the death of Osama bin Laden:

‘It’s one big lie, not one word of it is true’

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:45 | 4342627 dick cheneys ghost
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money and terrorists.......both created out of thin air...

''In the late 1980s, when it was apparent the Soviet Union was on its last legs, Colin Powell was Ronald Reagan's national security adviser. One day, he found himself sitting at a table in the Kremlin across from the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.

'Ah, General, I'm so sorry,' said Gorbachev, 'you'll have to find a new enemy.'

Or that's how Powell remembered it during an interview last year.

'We lost our best enemy,' he said. 'Our whole structure depended on there being a Soviet Union that might attack us.'''

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:05 | 4342678 JustObserving
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Now we have a new enemy called "Terror" which can never surrender.  So we have a permanent war for a permanent peace.  The MIC (Military Industrial Complex) cannot be happier.  And our liberties and freedoms have never been lower.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

 H.L. Mencken

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 03:14 | 4343453 bunnyswanson
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None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen Concord Press, 1971, paperback p35
If you wanted to control the nation's manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and natural resources, you would need only to control the apex, the power pinnacle, of an all-powerful socialist government. Then you would have a monopoly and could squeeze out all your competitors.
If you wanted a national monopoly, you must control a national socialist government. If you want - a worldwide monopoly, you must control a world socialist government. That is what the game is all about. "Communism" is not a movement of the downtrodden masses but is a movement created, manipulated and used by power-seeking billionaires in order to gain control over the world . . . first by establishing socialist governments in the various nations and then consolidating them all through a "Great Merger," into an all-powerful world, socialist super-state ..."

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:07 | 4342704 NuYawkFrankie
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So who, if anyone, was killed on May 1, 2011?


But what we DO know is that the Navy Seals involved in the raid were "disappeared" shortly after.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:37 | 4342812 Keyser
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The spooks are quite efficient at cleaning up loose ends, much like errant IMF officers in Kabul. 

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:35 | 4342590 Yen Cross
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    Not enough La Garde "orange"?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:37 | 4342596 buzzsaw99
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i'm sure the imf will have no trouble finding another resident representative to give usa taxpayer money to. uh waiter, what's this fly doing in my soup?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:42 | 4342618 resurger
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The culling begins.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:43 | 4342828 Herodotus
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Ya. This is good.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:43 | 4342619 gwar5
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IMF representative is killed? I don't cry over people who don't cry over me.  Sorry about the others.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:49 | 4342642 logicalman
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Based on the description of the place, the only innocents in the place would be the staff.

Hopefully they were all in the back when it happened.

A few less criminals, either way.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:49 | 4342644 Seasmoke
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Does this mean the USA doesn't have to send any more billions to the IMF.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:12 | 4342731 negative rates
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Considering we still owe dues, we don't have to send anything.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:50 | 4342649 cristo
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Dear Taliban . Thanks !

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:54 | 4342654 NuYawkFrankie
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And in other Breaking News....


15 hospitalised after Gov. 'Krispy Kreme' Christie breaks wind (after 12 courses) in NJ restaurant...

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:52 | 4342655 wisehiney
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Hope he saw richard simmons before he blowed.


Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:57 | 4342676 q99x2
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One down. Couple thousand to go.

Probably hit by one of Kerry's disgruntled employees.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:57 | 4342677 TrustWho
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Killing the people who pull the puppet strings, good idea.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:00 | 4342687 delacroix
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so, the taliban really are FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:05 | 4342702 So Close
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Sorry to hear about his death.   The IMF doesn't seem to have many freinds.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:05 | 4342708 _SILENCER
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This tape will self destruct in five seconds.  Good Luck, Jim.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:07 | 4342712 vulcanraven
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Can we get a round of applause?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:10 | 4342728 jc125d
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My sources tell me it was that ugly chick from the Progressive commercials. She was making a market on cars with license plates bearing magic number 39. Missed her quota for the month. ByeBye Bashir. Rock the casbah.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:20 | 4342755 JackWills
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Maybe she is the girlfriend of Peter Benjamin Lewis, look up wiki.....After college, Lewis joined Progressive Insurance as an underwriting trainee. In 1965, he and his mother borrowed $2.5 million, pledging their majority stake as collateral, and completed a LBO of Progressive

I agree she is annoying

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:23 | 4342766 fijisailor
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Are they really after the IMF per se or what?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:38 | 4342952 logicalman
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I think they just want to get at the psychopathic thugs that are taking over their country.

Understandable in many ways.

Trouble is most of the common folk don't see that they are being exloited by a similar bunch of thugs of their own ethnicity, using ignorance and religion to further their own ends.

This seems to be a common thread throughout history.

It's about time humanity grew up.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:37 | 4342816 icanhasbailout
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sounds like they got the Empire's viceroy

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:42 | 4342826 Eternal Complainer
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"...this is tragic news, and we at the fund are all devastated."

Yeah yeah...
Where's my violin?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:44 | 4342831 americanspirit
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Now THIS is doing God's work

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:50 | 4342845 Shrapnel
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Wow, there's still some justice in this world

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:51 | 4342851 Atomizer
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Another NSA failure in terrorist prevention and rigging Americans to Calm Down.

Fuck you Barry! Someone is about to hit the enter key on you as the puppet of United Stated Superworld crackpot. You'll be finished. Any questions?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:54 | 4342860 NOTfromSanFrancisco
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Quick!... Everyone check Youtube!...

I'm sure there's a video on there that someone posted a year ago that is insulting to Muslims that is at the core of this attack!...

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:01 | 4342879 Crawdaddy
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sayeth Hillary

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:10 | 4342895 Atomizer
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This all plays back to the Bank of International Settlements aka Basel III Accord within United States. They will create terrorism so you adopt to new NSA REFORMS under the umbrella of National Security.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:26 | 4342925 walküre
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Follow the affair of an Indian politician whose wife found he supposedly had an affair with a Pakistani journalist. Twitter accounts got hacked and now the wife is dead. The journalist threatening to sue for slander.

1) This is a very prominent and well liked Indian politician who was at one time next in line for head of UN after Kofi Anan

2) The man was rumored to have the affair with a Pakistani journalist which is worse than being found out gay, even in India

Somehow this all reminds me of Sarajevo and the Crown Prince of Austria assassination. We have a murder (the wife of the politician) and we have two countries involved which are just dying to go to war with each other over anything.

Somehow the UN (cog in the NWO wheel) fits into this and it all comes together.

It is 2014 after all. 100 year anniversary of the start of WW1

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:47 | 4342976 rtalcott
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Legarde...devastated?  that's a stretch..

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:47 | 4342978 Laughing Stock
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Too bad Bernanke wan't attending

Wanna go out and eat fancy...that's what ya get



Sat, 01/18/2014 - 01:01 | 4343347 hangemhigh77
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Damn GOOD POINT!!  The people should sponser extravagant bankster dinners from now on.  Get them all in one place.  Bombs awaaaaaay!!!  Ahahahahahahaha

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:17 | 4343028 blindman
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not to be jaundiced and all but
they never let a crisis go to waste.
if you like your tragedy and crisis you can
keep your tragedy and crisis as, after all,
you didn't make that crisis and tragedy.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:53 | 4343093 Dr. Destructo
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The IMF are a den of thieves that turn entire sovereign nations into debt-slaves.

If the Taliban kills one of these assholes they can't be all bad.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 23:43 | 4343193 Atomizer
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Agreed. But if these fucker's are on the IMF payroll. All bets are off in the SDR funding structure. Understand? 

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 23:41 | 4343188 PennilessPauper
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But I thought the Taliban were the bad guys?  Now they are killing the Ponzi scheme IMF? Confused.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 00:34 | 4343308 suckerfishzilla
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What goes around comes around.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 00:54 | 4343336 hangemhigh77
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Ahahahahahahahaha  Yahoooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!  Hopefully this maggot will be the first of MANY!!!!!!   I hope killing banksters becomes a fad and the "terrorists" target them.  I'd say the guys shooting the Banksters are the Patriots and the banksters are the terrorists.  Yipeeeeeeeeeee, oh gee whata tragedy.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 00:59 | 4343344 hangemhigh77
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Those pencil neck bankster motherfuckers better get locked and loaded.  You're on the frontlines now bitchez.  How do you like your new war? Welcome to the party motherfuckers.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:06 | 4349526 MeelionDollerBogus
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Ya, seriously, people don't even tell lawyer jokes anymore.
Now it's all about the banksters.
The lawyers are quite happy at the change.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 01:20 | 4343369 yogibear
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How about inviting these Taliban boys to the IMF meeting for a real hoot? 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 06:01 | 4343569 kurt
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It's a start

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 06:14 | 4343579 BlackVoid
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I hope to see this kind of action in other places.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 08:52 | 4343677 Notarocketscientist
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IMF and World Bank are financial terrorists - see Jon Pilger

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 09:53 | 4343727 pupdog1
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"...said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. "

This bitch has Chicago connections.

(Needless to say.)

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 10:15 | 4343751 Mi Naem
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"IMF Representative Killed In Coordinated Taliban Assault"

Maybe those Taliban guys aren't so bad after all. 

Perhaps we could all chip in a few bucks, and charter a plan for them to Davos. 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 11:42 | 4343856 Joe A
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"We can only hope that the Greeks don't get any ideas..."
Sounds like a hint to me 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 13:41 | 4344085 logicalman
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Interesting that this is called a barbarous act of terror by MSM but drone strikes are OK - says a lot.


Sat, 01/18/2014 - 15:51 | 4344352 Gordon_Gekko
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Thanks Taliban. Please finish the rest of this EVIL organization too while you're at it. The world will be in your debt.

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