Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Afghanistan back in the news

And it's not of the Bev Oda-everything's-coming up-roses variety. The report:
A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a minibus full of Afghan soldiers south of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20, officials and witnesses said.

The attack came hours after an explosion struck a patrol of NATO-led troops in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing one soldier and wounding two others, the alliance said in a statement.

NATO did not disclose the soldiers' nationalities or the exact location of the attack.
The blast was the third suicide attack in the city in the last eight days. It follows a similar attack against a NATO convoy on Tuesday that left 22 civilians wounded.
It's very possible that this attack was meant to coincide with a visit by U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, presently visiting Kabul.

And by the way, an Australian official has just publicly stated that their troops are likely to be in Afghanistan for another 10 years...echoing Rick Hillier's recent remarks for which he was quickly smacked down by the PMO...