February 26th, 2012
03:37 AM ET

Official: Gunman in killing of U.S. soldiers identified as Afghan intelligence officer

gunman who shot two American officers inside the highly secured Afghan Ministry of Interior was identified Sunday as a junior intelligence officer with ties to a Pakistani religious school, an Afghan counter-terrorism official said.

The gunman who remained at large was identified as Abdul Saboor, an employee in the ministry's intelligence department, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

"We believe it was 100% linked to the Quran burning because of the religious background of this junior officer. He spent two months in a Pakistani madrassa," the official said.

Saturday's killing of the American officers prompted Gen. John Allen to order several hundred NATO-led International Security Assistance Force advisers to withdraw from ministries in Kabul as a precaution, raising questions about a U.S. military plan that plans to focus on the use of small teams of military advisers as it withdraws troops.

"For obvious force protection reasons, I have also taken immediate measures to recall all other ISAF personnel working in ministries in and around Kabul," Allen said.

Allen's order for ISAF advisers to withdraw includes the interior and defense ministries, among others, the U.S. official said.

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  1. dazzle ©

    @banasy, good day I hope. Being a bit cryptic on this but word? Hint please..

    February 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    He was singing to chrissy... hence, notes.

    February 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Chrissy, if you are out there Happy Birthday to you!I hope your day is as wonderful as you are.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. / Through a Scanner, Darkly /

    The proper way to dipose of Holy Books or National Flags is to BURN them. That is the Respectful way of doing it. NATOs only real mistake was they let somebody see them do it and the whole thing get turned into a Jihadist Farce !! Disgusting!!

    February 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.T.

      That's about what banasy said on the first page.

      February 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (( 5th level magic-using kender ))

    sometimes i wonder why wouldn't they just save alot of trouble and print the quran on fire resistant materials...
    .
    this could have solved the whole problem..

    February 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      They ain't the smartest people on the richter scale. Al Q's are drug running sheiks peddlin' bicycles with BIG guns strapped over their shoulders. Mafia, Afghani style... they probably have many uses for Koran, but Allah forbid dirty hands... so bang, bang shoot it up and throw them stones!

      I'm being sarcastic, but no doubt, they sample their product... so they think THEY'RE heroins!

      February 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. high hopes

    Chrissy...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    ¥€Π€¥€Π£££¥€Π€
    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    February 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ banasy

    Hi. I'm sorry I had gone out for the day, returned just now. Yes its in Rolling Stone mag. http://www.rollingstone.com &then go to their Politics section
    The mindset that is reflected in posters like @ America 1st has been and is feeding the insanity that has led this nation to the mess we find ourselves in today.
    Good night @ chrissy @ Ruffnut @ Jeff frank and other regulars.

    February 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      It also can be found at Truth, Lies & Afghanistan at the Armed Forces Journal and at Afghan Report LTC Daniel L. Davis with a PBS interview and various videos of combat supporting his report (which has not been released in its entirety to the public).

      February 27, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Thanks, Say What!

      A real bombshell once his full report is released to the public. I simply followed the links from your article. Unbelievable the lengths our own government will go to decieve us. Our brave men and their families? Sad.

      Thanl you and goodnight...

      February 27, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. / Through a Scanner, Darkly /

    Uh Oh, somebodies Lecturing ...

    February 27, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
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