Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Eight CIA Agents

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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Reporting from Kabul — A bomber slipped into a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday and detonated a suicide vest, killing eight CIA officers in one of the deadliest days in the agency’s history, current and former U.S. officials said. The attack took place at cia-seal.thumbnail.jpgForward Operating Base Chapman in Khowst province, an area near the border with Pakistan that is a hotbed of insurgent activity. An undisclosed number of civilians were wounded, the officials said. No military personnel with the U.S. or North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces were killed or injured, they said. A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the CIA had a major presence at the base, in part because of its strategic location. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a message posted early today on its Pashto-language website. The statement, attributed to spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, said the attacker was a member of the Afghan army who entered the base clad in his military uniform. It identified him only as Samiullah. MORE

canada.thumbnail.gifRELATED: Four Canadian soldiers and a journalist have been killed in an attack in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for detonating the roadside bomb used in the attack. The journalist has been identified as Michelle Lang, 34, from the Calgary Herald, who had just arrived on her first assignment in the country. This has been the deadliest year for foreign troops since the 2001 invasion. Canada’s toll stands at 32 for 2009. MORE

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