A Brutal Day in Kabul
A Taliban operative driving a car bomb attacked a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital today, killing at least six U.S. and allied troops and at least 12 Afghan civilians. The Associated Press:
The powerful blast occurred on a major Kabul thoroughfare that runs by the ruins of a one-time royal palace and government ministries. It wrecked nearly 20 vehicles, including five SUVs in the NATO convoy, and scattered debris and body parts across the wide boulevard. The body of woman in a burqa was smashed against the window of the bus.
That’s an immensely powerful blast if it’s able to take out five surely-armored NATO SUVs and still do damage to 15 other cars, motorcycles and trucks. Judging by the photos in this Washington Post gallery, I’ve driven down the road that the Taliban attacked, and it’s indeed heavily trafficked. The blast essentially welcomes home Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who firmed up his ties to the Obama administration last week in Washington.