Or, as Obama likes to say…FORWARD! I’m so glad Obama gave them an air-conditioned office in Qatar from which to plan…things, like, uh, cease-fires and peace initiatives. Aren’t you?! From the Long War Journal.
The Taliban killed 21 Afghan civilians and wounded more than 50 in a double suicide attack near one of NATO’s largest military bases in the country. Kandahar’s chief of place blamed “the agents of Punjab,” or the Taliban, for the attack.
The first suicide bomber detonated a motorcycle packed with explosives at a bazaar near Kandahar International Airport, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.
The second suicide bomber, who also used a motorcycle laden with explosives, detonated his bomb outside of an Afghan National Army headquarters in the same bazaar, the news agency reported. The second suicide bomber targeted Afghans who were conducting rescue operations for the first attack.
Kandahar’s Chief of Police, Brigadier General Abdul Raziq, who has been the target of several suicide attacks, blamed the attack on the Taliban.
“The agents of Punjab (a euphemism for Taliban) have once again spilled the blood of innocent civilians,” Raziq told Pajhwok. Raziq is referring to the Punjabi-dominated Pakistani military, which is known to support the Taliban.
The Taliban claimed credit for today’s “martyrdom attack,” or suicide attack, in a statement released on their propaganda website, Voice of Jihad, and identified the suicide bomber.
“A martyrdom-seeking Mujahid of the Islamic Emirate, Janan, on an explosive-packed motorcycle hit the said facility outside the airfield at about 10:00 a.m. local time killing countless foreign terrorists [NATO forces] and their cowardly local puppets [the Afghan government and security forces],” the Taliban statement said.