August 7th, 2010
03:16 AM ET

6 Americans killed in Afghanistan

[Update 10 a.m.] Gunmen in the remote northeastern region of Afghanistan shot and killed 10 members of a medical team, police said Saturday.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred Thursday.

Among the dead were six Americans, two Afghans, a Briton, and a German, said Dirk Frans, director of International Assistance Mission. He said two other Afghans on the team are alive.

Read the full story on CNN.com.

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  1. Takara

    Why would any American citizen be in Afghanistan besides military personnel? That's sorta just asking for it there.

    August 7, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cynthia

    Takara, simple explanation: expat + middle east = big money, but big risk as shown here.

    August 7, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Annie

    Most aid workers here do not get paid a salary. They have to find their own money and pay the Afghan government to be here. They weren't "asking for it", they were trying to help by bringing health care to one of the poorest and remote areas of the entire world. THey are heroes in the best sense of the word!!! BTW when aid workers help people, the people respond with thankfulness, and the more we help, the less our soldiers get killed! Think before you speak!

    August 7, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee Brown

      Annie: Get a grip. Afghanistan is the most corrupt country in the world. Anyone attempting to "help" the Afghans without a weapon, numerous filled magazines, on-call air-support and an understanding that they will lie to your face no matter what the outcome is extraordinarily naive. No one is going to help the Afghans. These are people who hold grudges for centuries over a , play buzkashi, and will sell you out if they perceive it's in their best interest. This is a lost country living in a different millennium. There is no fixing or helping these people. And anyone who thinks differently has never been there and dealt with them first hand.

      For some much needed insight, I recommend you start reading http://aan-afghanistan.com/index.asp?id=852. Your naivete is not helpful to your cause.

      These folks attempting to "help" Afghans are just another example of do-gooders without a semblance of a clue of how dangerous the Afghans and Taliban are.

      August 7, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lin

    Afghanistan is not considered a Middle East country

    August 7, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cynthia

    Annie: Who said they were "asking for it"? Workers who goes to the Middle East knows it's a big risk and when they're contracted by private companies or the US government to work on projects, they get paid big money.

    August 7, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cbow

    @Takara. – How exactly are they asking for it? They were doctors (according to the article), most likely trying to provide medical relief for the people of the war torn country of Afghanistan. This is not unheard of and certainly nothing new. There are a plethora of organizations and groups of people in the world who go to these countries to help people. I doubt they went there to ask for it, likely they went there because they believed it was the humane thing to do. Just to prove this point, a quick Google of American citizen killed Africa returned this article not even a month old.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/07/12/uganda.american.killed/index.html

    I doubt Nate Henn asked for it, it appears he was asking to stop abuses committed to children. I'm sure you can dig up other places in the world. Such as the American consulate employee and husband killed in Mexico last March, were they asking for it? Even though they were murdered just miles from the Texas border. Helping people in the worst parts of the world doesn't always require machine guns and tanks.

    August 7, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rick

    The great noble defenders of Afghanistan strike again. Cut off noses, ears, beheadings, throw acid in the faces of girls for trying to go to school, and executing a van filled with doctors. If there is a god, I hope these people burn in whatever version of hell they believe in. What animals.

    August 7, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark E Garcia

    Afghanistan is considered Near East.

    Nobody deserves this type of frontier justice. To be pulled over, made to exit the vehicle, stripped of belongings and summarily executed is heinous and an act of cowards. This murderous act in no way conforms to any teachings of any religion save and except evil.

    However, assumption of risk on the part of anybody traveling those highways has it's place. Only a fool would enter into such danger knowingly and unarmed.

    Westerners need to get the Hell out of that place and not look back. Let Tomahawks and predator drones do any work that needs doing.

    August 7, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. dan

    i seen a show earlie about how americans treat muslims in the us. they treated them like crap and to tell you the truth i felt sorry. please choke me now.

    August 7, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. dan

    argggrbluauuggurrark ack aak kkuhu

    August 7, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Annie

    To Lee Brown,

    To say I am naive would be disgraceful if you have any clue. But I will give you the benefit of the doubt. I have been living in Afghanistan for a very long time, and am an aid worker. I do not get paid by the us govt or any other for that matter. THe people appreciate what we do for them. Most are just normal people who are grateful for any and all help they can get. THere are women, children and new born babies who are alive today because of the work we have done here. There are men who would lay down their lives to save mine... YES, Afghan men. Do not condemn an entire country for what a few insane men choose to do!!!

    August 7, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. buckeye Dave

    Isn't it time the Taliban "Man Up" and compensate the victims' families?

    August 7, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Babulya

    To Annie,

    Thank you so much for what you wrote right there. I totally agree with you.
    I have also worked in Afghanistan and I also experienced how some Afghan men were willing to lay down their lives for me. I had so much to learn from them. Sometimes, I feel like they can have more of noble hearts than many of us in the west. And I was very sad that they get misunderstood so much because of a small number of people who are terrorizing the people.

    August 7, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. America

    Tell Bloomberg and the other imbeciles to start drinking water and lay off the Kool-Aid. Here's an up-to-the-minute story of the peace, love & compassion these people show. Doctors, saving lives, murdered (er welcomed) by those with a different ideology.
    The Taliban has claimed that it has killed eight foreigners and their two Afghan interpreters for spreading Christianity.
    “These people were preaching Christianity and we punished them,” a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted as saying.

    Perhaps we should add prayer stones for them in the new mosque that Bloomberg and others think is a great thing to do at the 9/11 site in NY.

    August 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. this country is so stupid

    This country has become so freaking passive. If our soldiers did that, they would be tried and court martial. But it is okay for them to do it to us and nothing happens.

    Personally I have become so merciless lately that since we aren't allowed to have free speech anymorer, and no one is ticking up for our rights, no one cares other than being into themselves. And we as americans allow this to daily happen.

    Their is no point at going it on your own. It is really sad, and they will probably get away with it because that is our new society and they way we live now. And you can't do anything about it.

    That is the new america.

    August 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
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