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U.S. Embassy in Kabul attacked on Christmas Day

By Amir Shah

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:46 p.m. HST, Dec 25, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan >> The U.S. Embassy in Kabul was hit by indirect fire before dawn on Christmas Day but no Americans were hurt, as attacks elsewhere in Afghanistan killed at least six people Wednesday, officials said.

Two rounds struck the sprawling embassy compound but it was not immediately clear which part of the complex, and a U.S. Embassy official said the incident was under investigation.

"At approximately 6:40 local time in Kabul, approximately two rounds of indirect fire impacted the U.S. Embassy compound," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. "All Americans are accounted for and no injuries were sustained."

Indirect fire can refer to either mortars or rockets.

The Taliban promptly claimed they fired four rockets at the American Embassy on Wednesday and said they inflicted heavy casualties. But the insurgents often exaggerate their claims.

Elsewhere, an Afghan official said a bicycle bomb was remotely detonated in front of a restaurant at a bazaar in Puli Alam, the capital of Logar province, 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Kabul, killing six people and wounding 13.

Two of the killed were policemen and four were civilians, said Abdul Wali Tofan, the deputy police chief in Logar province. He said the attack also wounded 13 civilians, including several children.

Earlier in the day, a roadside bombing in eastern Kabul wounded three Afghan policemen. Kabul police chief, Mohammad Zahir, said one suspect was arrested over that attack.

Police later uncovered an unexploded bomb in the same area and successfully neutralized it, Zahri said.

Afghan insurgents have increased attacks in recent months, intensifying a campaign to regain territory as foreign forces draw down ahead of full withdrawal at the end of 2014.

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saywhatyouthink wrote:
We should leave this country and let the afghan government fight their own battle. Obama has been so disappointing on this issue, they got nothing we need, let them fight the Taliban and get out of there.
on December 25,2013 | 06:30PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I agree that the U.S. should leave there immediately. However, don't blame Obama for any hesitation in pulling out. It should be noted that there are huge reserves of oil, gas, and mineral resources there and the country is in a strategic location for oil and gas pipelines. Lastly, Afghanistan produces around 90% of the world's supply of opium and, I suppose, somebody wants to control that.
on December 26,2013 | 01:39AM
AhiPoke wrote:
So you want it both ways??? You say you want us out of Afghanistan but you don't want anyone to blame Obama if we don't. Get real.
on December 26,2013 | 08:16AM
serious wrote:
Afghanistan has been described as the graveyard of nations--it's a no win. But the attack on embassies no change from the Clinton Administration.
on December 26,2013 | 08:59AM
DABLACK wrote:
Our country's greed ?? Maybe next time it'll a direct hit on the embassy.....then what ??
on December 26,2013 | 07:50AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
If not Obama, who? The oil companies? They can't do a thing without the support of our government. Remember the advice, "Follow the dollar!" Are our Administration and Congress getting paid off to support the oil companies? Is it for a strategic goal? Remember that only two powers have actually subdued Pakistan, the Mongols and the Turks. Are we willing to follow their Rules of Engagement and face the wrath of the "holier than thou" of the world? If not tell, Afghanistan to "tow the line" and that Kharzai is no longer dictating terms to us. They can keep their damn oil and opium. We will cut off all military and financial aid, trade, and total relationship with them. They can drink their oil and use their opium to their hearts' content.
on December 26,2013 | 08:18AM
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