April 17th, 2011
06:38 PM ET

Official: All 5 troops killed in Afghanistan bombing were Americans

Five troops killed in a suicide bombing this weekend at a military base in eastern Afghanistan were members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.

Earlier, authorities had said only that five members of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, which includes troops from the United States and other nations, were killed in the Saturday incident.

The families of all five have been notified of the deaths, and a formal announcement from the Army is forthcoming, said the official, who declined to be identified pending the announcement.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform struck, killing the five, at a military base, Forward Operating Base Gamberi, in eastern Afghanistan's Laghman Province. The attack came during a meeting between Afghan soldiers and their ISAF mentors.

Four Afghan National Army troops were also killed and eight others, including four translators, were wounded, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said in a statement. The wounded were all in good condition, Azimi said.

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  1. leeintulsa

    You really don't think israeli airstrikes ever killed innocent arabs? So it's just ours then?

    April 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Are you familiar with the adage: a bullet has nobody's name on it.

      April 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      innocent lives will always be lost in war it's just a fact of life. The bullet does have a name on it and Bin Laden, Gadhafi, Mubarak pointed it straight in to the eyes of innocent children. Yes even the US Apache helicopter video were these monsters purposely aimed at children.

      April 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |

    Who's the right-wing idiot who keeps vomiting his ignorance under my name? I'm the true RUFFNUTT here and once and for all,I want to reiterate my aversion to this obnoxious war no matter how many right-wing nutjobs usurp my name!!!

    April 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    I hear ya RUFFNUT, its no fun when you get highjacked. maybe you could just hit hte reply button and say its not u.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RuffNutt

    The Left-Wingers are ruining this country. We will expand our U.S. Military, no doubt about that.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    Ack. I was debating trolls. No wonder lol

    April 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    Good post RuffNutt, thank you. I will go a step further only to add that not only will we expand, but we MUST expand. Otherwise freedom and democracy will be at risk. And we can't have that.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Well OK, I'm exagerating. The bombs actually killed 3 terrorists, 2 cows, a camel, and 12 chickens.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Ahhh! Drone Daddy throwing another BBQue!

      April 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Two of those chickens were headed to the chop block anyway. Just two less chicken dinners I guess. Unless of course you like your chicken extra done.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Frank , but wouldn't you think with all that's happening in the Middle East that if freedom rained in all parts of the earth that would lessen the chance of our freedoms being in jeopardy?

    April 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • popeye

      Hey jazzzzzz what's been going on

      April 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Maybe so, but 12 chickens got it good on Feb 13, 1991. I mourn for those defenseless chickens. Those American pilots, mother pluckers!

    April 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    Our freedoms haven't been in jeopardy since 1812. Certainly not by some outside force..

    April 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Lee buff up on the history...what about the Cuban Crises? Cold War? Both of those were real threats...not mention the treason confederate war.

      April 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Those weren't threats. The CSA had freedom, too, except for slavery. If either side had won, we would still have had a president, not a king. The others were nothing but sabre rattling and f*rt contests. They couldn't have invaded or they would have. I *did* love Red Dawn, though.

      EVERY OTHER WAR we've been in has been about our perception of other people's freedom.

      April 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Lee you are cRaZy...those were significant credible threats not a delusion...and each if carried out would have impacted this country negatively. The south was NOT just fighting for slavery aka economics they also were fighting to destroy the union of this nation...the agenda was trully was treason...

      April 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      Mmmm, dude, you really dont know anything about the civil war.

      April 18, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Tell that to the 3,000 murdered victims from 9-11. Oh I'm sorry, they have no freedom, they're dead, LeeinTulsa.

    April 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RuffNutt

    Don't waste your breath, Frank. Some Americans are so self centered and insensitive that they don't see how Americans killed by outside forces have had their freedom and their lives taken away. I guess it's easy and cold behind a computer screen.

    April 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Take a chill pill RU...war is nobody's friend...and the kings of this world who initiate these atrocities ride behind the life of youth, sons, daughters, husbands, families and always with someone else's money other than their own. The primary cause of wars are sins of men. The insensitivity and coldness is in the heart of the kings of this world and those who put them in office.

      April 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    Come on guys, don't be so hard on LeeinTulsa. She's just not too bright, that's all. Of course, I don't understand her coldness. Go figure.

    April 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    It was a criminal act by a criminal. Our freedom was not impacted in the least til W started to run with it. 'They may take our lives. But they'll never take our FREEDOM!' Ring any bells?

    April 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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