July 28th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

Militants attack governor's office in southern Afghanistan

The governor of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province is holed up inside his compound and is being protected by bodyguards Thursday as a gun battle rages in and around the building, according to Abdul Rahman, the governor's spokesman.

Gunfire and explosions could be heard over the phone as Rahman spoke with CNN. Militants wielding guns and strapped with explosive devices attacked the governor's office, a television station and a police base in the provincial capital of Tarin Kowt, officials said.

The strike has left at least 19 people dead and 37 others wounded, including three police officers, according to Khan Aga Miakhail, head of Uruzgan's regional department of health. Ten children were among the dead, Miakhail said.

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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    From the forcast of the US Government"s view on weather this would be a *winable* war, it looks like this could end up being another Pakistan!

    July 28, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Win ??
    Like we did in Iraq ?
    The longest running war in our history & what have we achieved? Death & destruction.Regions split wide open for extremism & violence. Trillions od dollars of our national treasure & thousands of American lives lost. Not to mention tens of thousands of civilians who perished in this ongoing madness.

    And we are now reduced to negotiating with Talibans. What a strategy. These very Talibans have offered to hand over Osama Bin Laden to us back in 2001 if we could provode evidence that he was behind 9/11 attacks, twice. But Bush rejected outrightly & now after more than a decade of losses we are negotiating. Brilliant !
    Of course we didn't have then & don't have now any evidence that Osama or Al-Qaeda was behind 9/11 attacks. He was never on the FBI most wanted for 9/11 horror.

    July 28, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Thank you, saywhat. I totally agree.

      July 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Prophet

    @saywhat; 100% correct.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Harold

    I feel bad for any innocent person caught up in this mess, but if the Afghan people don't care enough to make their fate better with our help then we should leave. No more bombing for peace while bankrupting our nation. It's sick what's happening. We should leave all countries that don't want our help and help those who do. No matter what we do the US is always going to be the bad guy whether it's deserved or not.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      It's usually deserved. Since WW2, the U.S has usually managed to do the wrong thing overseas ie; Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, the Congo, Cuba, Chile and the list goes on and on!!!

      July 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justathought

    Would have any of this had happened if the U.S. had just bought their oil and stayed out of their politics?

    July 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pearl mathole

    Where is the world heading too, the rampant massive protest,global financial malfunction,family broken down, level of value system non existent the list goes on and on.like michael jackson has said we must continue to heal the world,regardless of the damages.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Well said, Pearl. Thank you. It's too bad that the right-wing thugs in Washington don't see things that way!

      July 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Culken

      Jackson also said: "I'm Bad" "Here have some Jesus juice" "I'm talkin to the man in the mirror I'm asking if he'll change his ways" He also demolished his groin in every video.. Let's not put someone in prophet categories they don't belong..

      July 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anomic Office Drone

    I hope Afghanistan is okay after we leave, but, as bad as this sounds, it's not worth staying to ensure that happens.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George Patton

    What we need to do in Afghanistan is to get the Karzai regime and the Taliban together to work out some kind of peace and to get the NATO forces out of there altogether. Now our own economy has gone broke over fighting this obscene war. Enough is enough!!!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |