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Kabul Attacks Blamed on NATO Intelligence

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Posted on Apr 16, 2012
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has branded the Taliban’s 18-hour siege of Kabul and places across eastern Afghanistan on Sunday an intelligence failure and called for an investigation into NATO security operations.

Thirty-six insurgents were killed with four civilians dead and several dozen injured. Karzai praised Afghan troops who responded for their speed and bravery. —ARK

The Guardian:

The criticism underlined divisions between Karzai and his backers. The US defence department spokesman George Little said the Pentagon did not believe there had been an intelligence failure.

“If we’re held to the standard to have to know precisely when and where each insurgent attack is going to occur, I think that’s an unfair standard,” he told Reuters. “This is a war zone.”

The attacks also raised questions about efforts to boost Afghanistan’s forces as foreign troops leave. Afghan forces drew widespread praise for their handling of the attacks, but they are still heavily reliant on the west for military intelligence.

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By heterochromatic, April 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

PH—- that’s better. polls say something about our feelings about the war….... 
The hasn’t been any votes about it that were overruled by cartoon villains.

the last time there was any big change in the war was when Obama committed all
the additional troops…. the polls at that time showed that most Americans didn’t
support the war but did support the decision to add all the extras…. not quite a
black and white deal.

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By moonraven, April 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment

Well, STUPIDITY, in fact, IS, lack of intelligence.

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By heterochromatic, April 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

when did we vote to leave?

Obama ran promising to pursue the war and attack AQ in Pakistan if we had the
intel and the Pakistanis wouldn’t do it.

we got what we voted for.

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By PatrickHenry, April 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment

Kabul is like Dodge city in the wild wild west.

The Americans overwhelmingly want our troops out of there, the Afghans want us to leave, whats the holdup?

Are our votes being overruled by military industrialists and oil companies?

No wonder we can’t sell democracy, we don’t practice in action what we preach in theory.

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By heterochromatic, April 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

Karzai is, like, real sincere.

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