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US Army General Killed In Kabul Officers Academy Attack

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A two-star US General has been killed in Afghanistan, according to ABC News, which appears to be the highest-ranked US officer KIA since The Vietnam War. The attack took place in the relative safety of the officers academy at Camp Qargha, Kabul, when a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform apparently turned his weapon against Americans and other Afghans. In addition to the US general's death, a German brigadier general was injured along with 15 other ISAF personnel. Afghan President Karzai said the attack was "an act by the enemies who don’t want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions."


As ABC reports,

The Pentagon confirmed to ABC News today that in addition to one fatality, 15 International Security Assistance Force personnel were injured. Karzai said that both Afghan and foreign soldiers were hurt.


Gen. Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Ministry, tweeted in Dari that the gunman was wearing an Afghan military uniform and was shot dead after opening fire on Afghan and international colleagues.


The soldiers were visiting the military academy to help with the buildup of Afghan security forces, Karzai said. He blamed the attack on "enemies who don't want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions."


Qargha, which is overseen by the British military, is sometimes called "Sandhurst in the sand" - a reference to the British military's own officers' training school.



"We are in the process of assessing the situation," the ISAF Joint Command said in a statement. "More information will be released as we sort out the facts."

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Sadly, NBC News reports, officials said the death toll is expected to rise given the severity of troops’ injuries.

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Perhaps it is not yet time to turn the page on war in Afghanistan, Mr.President.

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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:58 | 5048807 TabakLover
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What a colossal waste of life and money Iraq and Afghanistan have been. Thanks so much all you f'n neocon bastards.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:01 | 5048815 Manthong
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Another great investment in money, time and lives brought to you by your betters in government.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:02 | 5048831 Stoploss
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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:05 | 5048843 kliguy38
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Its to keep us safe over here and go out and buy stuff.. BTW I thot we left already

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:06 | 5048854 Xibalba
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U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan



 nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:12 | 5048888 eclectic syncretist
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Word on the street is that the General's Security Detail was busy guarding the latest poppy harvest and world-wide heroin distribution project at the time.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:18 | 5048927 john39
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Afghanistan, known as the 'graveyard of empires'...   how appropriate as the current empire dies.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:23 | 5048956 Latina Lover
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Afghanistan is a waste of time, mone and precious lives for the average American.  For the USSA Deep State, the profits are beyond comprehension:



Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:37 | 5049049 666
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"U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan"

I didn't know opium was a mineral.

BTW: Why is the USSA exploring for minerals in Afghanistan? I thought our job was to kill everyone and keep the poppy flowers blooming. Can't we keep our noses out of other peoples business?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:49 | 5049130 froze25
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Hey the US Gov't has a vested interest in making sure the CIA heroin money keeps flowing out of Afghanistan and into our children veins.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:06 | 5049250 ilion
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The best news of the day.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:05 | 5050776 0b1knob
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< Workplace violence.

< Terrorist incident.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:33 | 5051614 max2205
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Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:28 | 5049709 junction
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Aghan warlords and the Taliban sell opium while the Man From Kenya peddles hopium.  No difference.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 20:24 | 5051802 conscious being
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FYI, in 2001, prior to the tragic event of 9/11, the Taliban got a multi million dollar payment from the USG for successfully / adequately supressing opium production.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:51 | 5049890 phaedrus1952
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The nickname of a certain former politician- Poppy -did not come from him being a grandfather.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:47 | 5049436 Kirk2NCC1701
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Guys, depends on how you view the Afghan situation:  Problem or Opportunity?  And for whose benefit?

If your answer is "For The People", you get gonged.  It was NEVER about the proclaimed reasons.  It was both a defensive and offensive move in regard to PIPELINES.

It was offensive, to run oil/gas from Central Asia (the 'stans') via Afghanistan to Pakistan.  This messes with the Russians, helps US Big Oil, its USD and MIC, and excites Zio-Neocons.

It was defensive, to prevent an eminent Iran-Afghan-China pipeline (not in USD).  This is the part you don't hear about, because these three 'Amigos' don't talk to Gringos.


The US prevented the coming Iran-Afghan-China pipeline, but their enemies are preventing the US from running its own.  Stalemate.  The US realizes this, and would rather accept a Pipeline Stalemate than anything else.  Time to "exit", but leave enough forces behind to maintain that Stalemate.  No more, no less.  All else is theater for the Sheeple.

If China gets bolder, they'll announce the pipeline -- with clear warning to the US to stay out.  Alternatively, Iranian oil simply gets rerouted via Russia.  Bad for OPEC, bad for USD and its 'Prime Beneficiaries'.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:26 | 5049699 oudinot
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Great analysis , thanks. 

Although the proposed Iran-Afghan-China pipeline may have been ,'esteemed', and be 'eminent';  I think you meant the pipeline was, 'imminent"; as in impending, occur quickly.? 

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:32 | 5049011 mr.n3utr0n
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Another Vietnam.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:57 | 5049198 Vooter
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And LOTS of people predicted that that's exactly what would happen! Oh, well--just keep listening to your government. They know better...LOL...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:03 | 5049226 Terminus C
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Lots of people predicted that with Iraq too and look how wrong they were... oh wait...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:51 | 5049151 Urban Redneck
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It demonstrates the resilience of local government power (in this case largely tribal) against the centralized fascist model (based on Washington DC) that the USSA believes simply can be CTRL-C/CTRL-P worldwide.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:01 | 5049218 worbsid
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When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
   An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
      Go, go, go like a soldier,
      Go, go, go like a soldier,
      Go, go, go like a soldier,
         So-oldier of the Queen!

Kipling (long long ago)

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:29 | 5049342 Manthong
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Aw, for chissake..

I can’t believe I have just read that Kipling piece for the first time.

It was not in the texts where I went to school.

But I wonder what ol’ Rudyard would make of the military now that they are being turned into queens?



Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:40 | 5049407 wtf1369
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As I understand it, Kiplings love affair with armed conflict (as he himself never served) ended with the death of his boy on the WWI killing fields.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:20 | 5048929 Latina Lover
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Just wait till a US General Officer is killed in the Ukraine.  Or did that happen already....




FYI, I do not trust the source, but it does provide food for thought.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:30 | 5048994 JohninMK
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By co-incidence that was also a 2 star general. The US is getting careless.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:45 | 5049111 Grumbleduke
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too much generals on the payroll. got to thin that herd, too...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:53 | 5049168 Buckaroo Banzai
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Some generals will be retained. Some will be let go. Some will be purged.

"We will reward our friends...and punish our enemies."

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:09 | 5050034 Overfed
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Here I was hoping McChrystal was the one that ate a bullet.  Then I realized that he is retired. Shit.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:43 | 5049432 Seek_Truth
Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:31 | 5051158 Chaos_Theory
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Any guess on the demographics of those let go?  Hint...Army just increased it's diversity percentages!  Stilll, they're lagging in the Transvestite quotas though.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:47 | 5052003 Seek_Truth
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Yes it's a fine time to replace experienced, battle hardened leaders with battle-inexperienced bulldykes, fudge packers and he-shes.

What could possibly go wrong?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:08 | 5049260 OMG
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& the CIA operative that killed the generral also killed the guy wearing the uniform, since the general disagreed with a "new normal" policy dictated by our government controlled banker overlords.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:36 | 5050231 hot sauce technician
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Which would be?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:36 | 5049375 TheMeatTrapper
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Too bad the General didn't have the Boston cops guarding him. They have a hell of a lot more firepower than the army, and they aren't afraid to clamp down and disarm everybody in sight. 

Oh, that's right, I forgot. They are busy clamping down here. 


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:47 | 5049455 wtf1369
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Wow. Desensitization on display. If that ain't a fuckin psyop I don't know what is.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:02 | 5052963 August
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American Generals come and go, but heroin is forever.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:19 | 5048934 swmnguy
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"nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits."  So, it's already a money-loser.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:41 | 5049091 Mr Pink
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It's a money loser for US. It's pure profit for them. When the taxpayer pays for your overhead how can you go wrong?

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:44 | 5049435 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Russians knew about the vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan also. That is one of the main reasons they invaded the place. Problem is the terrain and weather you can't conquer those people over there because of it. There are too many places to hide tilting it in favor of asymetric guerilla warfare tactics. No formal standing army will ever stand a chance in a place like that and you'd think the US would have learned from the Russians.

Hubris always brings a downfall.


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:31 | 5049729 Grimaldus
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The US should have never stayed in afsuckistan. I wonder why obomber has not pulled all the troops out? Hmmmm, seems the leftists are far bloodier than the neo-cons, leftist progressives always sit on top of a much bigger throne of corpses than dumbass neo-cons, mass murder is what leftist progressives do. 


yeah, leftists are some bloody motherfuckers for sure.

In some months of the year, the harvest is really good and the US kills up to 5000 murdering islamic taliban morons. Those numbers are not sustainable for afgan snackbarian rats. The afgan rats have been long crushed and defeated. Of course the replacement rats are coming in a constant stream from paksuckistan. The obvious answer to the problem is to blow the fuck out of paksuckistan but they wont because the pakisuckstanians have nukes. So the slaughter of murdering islamic snackbarian rats infiltrating from paksuckistan and other areas of islamic hatred continues at a slow pace and US casulaties are inevitable.


US forces kill taliban in huge numbers with both hands tied behind their backs. I'm not sure why anyone would say taliban are winning unless they are ignorant, low information brainwashed progressive leftist morons?


Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:17 | 5050094 oudinot
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Because, Grimaldis, the US is retreating from their defeat in Afghanistan

Usually if one wins one does not withdraw, retreat.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:14 | 5049856 Grimaldus
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duplicate post

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:10 | 5048878 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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The problem is those countries (Afghanistan + Iraq) are worse off since USSA meddled in their countires just to create more havoc.  How many patriots died for nothing.  The politicians who lied should be hung in a public square by the families of the lost loved ones.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:17 | 5048917 Spitzer
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The Krauts and Seppos are really starting to piss me off vis a vis Russia. Knock a few more of them off. See if I care...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:38 | 5049382 RafterManFMJ
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I just thought of an awesome cartoon:

A big black pot of shit.
In the pot also is a huge 6 foot spoon, labeled US Foreign Policy.
Obama, wearing a goofy smug grin and as frilly apron is stirring the pot.
Obama arms and head are held up by strings and above him, each string is held and maneuvered by ... well, you'd have to use your imagination on that one ...

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:05 | 5049582 Miles Ahead
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He (Leonardo) said "patriots". Is that why they went over there? You know, I was wondering.  Now I know.  Because they cared and loved the homeland so much.

Got it.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:17 | 5048921 Abitdodgie
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If we left Afgan who would look after the opium production.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:41 | 5049087 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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me me me me..........please

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