IMF Representative Killed In Coordinated Taliban Assault On Upscale Kabul Restaurant

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Stackers's picture

upscale Kabul restaurant = no goats allowed ?

fonestar's picture

Blow up the rest of the IMF too and shoot down their planes before they can land.

Terrorists killing terrorists.

Crawdaddy's picture

The IMF is more dangerous to planet earth than all the hajis in the world.

chemystical's picture


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sgorem's picture

"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":) 


jimmytorpedo's picture

It's name was Alan's Snack Bar.

Soda Popinski's picture

Poor IMF.  Must find replacement to continue cash payments to Western banks for all the Opium profits.

W74's picture

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.

insanelysane's picture

WTF is the taliban thinking???  The IMF is going to bring down western countries way before the taliban can do it.

Crawdaddy's picture

Maybe the attackers were just pissed there were no Superman towels included with the opening of an IMF Super Country Destroyer account?

NOZZLE's picture

fantastic news, you know they call a dead IMF  representative? A good start. Too bad Christine LeStench wasnt there eating Kabobs.

layman_please's picture

things are looking up

starman's picture

Tragic ? Why? He's going to heaven to have seven virgins. Wait was he a Muslim IMF officer?

JackWills's picture

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.

fonzannoon's picture

Leave it to the Taliban to start killing bankers. Go figure?

suteibu's picture

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?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Taliban killing banksters?  Now I'm totally confused.

SilverIsKing's picture

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.

kito's picture

my sources tell me its a false flag to begin a war against the talib....oh wait........that happened already......

Kaiser Sousa's picture

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...


q99x2's picture

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 

chunga's picture

No shit. Aren't the Talibans supposed to be the bad guys?

13thWarrior's picture

Even bad guys have morals,same cannot be said for bankers and lawyers.

loveyajimbo's picture

Was it Legarde?  Was it Legarde?  Was it Legarde??




XitSam's picture

The IMF has offices and employees in out of the way places like Afghanistan.  Interesting.

Emergency Ward's picture

We need a propaganda photo of Obama standing next to a predator drone in front of a large "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner.

JustObserving's picture

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’

dick cheneys ghost's picture

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.'''

JustObserving's picture

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.

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bunnyswanson's picture
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 ..."

NuYawkFrankie's picture

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.

Keyser's picture

The spooks are quite efficient at cleaning up loose ends, much like errant IMF officers in Kabul. 

Yen Cross's picture

    Not enough La Garde "orange"?

buzzsaw99's picture

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?

resurger's picture

The culling begins.

gwar5's picture

IMF representative is killed? I don't cry over people who don't cry over me.  Sorry about the others.

logicalman's picture

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.

Seasmoke's picture

Does this mean the USA doesn't have to send any more billions to the IMF.

cristo's picture

Dear Taliban . Thanks !

NuYawkFrankie's picture

And in other Breaking News....


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

wisehiney's picture

Hope he saw richard simmons before he blowed.


q99x2's picture

One down. Couple thousand to go.

Probably hit by one of Kerry's disgruntled employees.

TrustWho's picture

Killing the people who pull the puppet strings, good idea.

delacroix's picture

so, the taliban really are FREEDOM FIGHTERS

So Close's picture

Sorry to hear about his death.   The IMF doesn't seem to have many freinds.

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