March 5th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Taliban link Afghan attack to Quran burning

A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield on Monday, an attack the Taliban called revenge for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops there last month.

The blast at the base, north of Kabul, killed two civilians and wounded two others, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said.

A Taliban spokesman claimed 12 U.S. soldiers, including Special Forces members, and nine Afghans were killed in the blast, part of the group's "revenge campaign" for the Quran burning.

An Afghan official, however, said two personnel from the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan were wounded, and a spokesman for the mission, the International Security Assistance Force, said initial reports suggested no ISAF casualties.

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  1. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    Yay. Burn a book, start a war.

    March 5, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Allah

      Yay. I'm so happy the Taliban are defending my book. I'm so weak and powerless without them

      March 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Let's get the hell out of there.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    I have to agree banasy, although i still tend to believe the burning of the kuran was intentional by overzealous military personnel. Obviously they didnt consider the ramifications of those actions beforehand.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    oops sorry meant Quran.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    That slurping sound you hear is people eating up the excuse that these attacks are linked to the Quran burning. I've got news for you, the Taliban weren't relaxing by the barbeque, thinking everything was just great, when the Quran burning happened, and they decided they needed to spring back into action. These attacks have been ongoing and continuous. The Quran burning is just an excuse for their psychopathic actions. This attack would have happened anyway.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree.
      Those guys aren't taking any days off...and this is the latest excuse to up the violence.

      March 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    I definitely agree with you on that BOMBO, and its going to continue whether we are in that country or not.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    lol.. you burn our bible, and we'll kill afghan civilians.

    problem is rural afghanis don't hear the real news, if *we* do.. they get taliban news, i bet.. they think americans died.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. **cosmicVox *

    I wonder what excuse they gave when they ruled the country and lobbed a grenade at a lion in the zoo? "Uh, oh uh, the lion ate my Quran..." B A STA R D S

    March 6, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |