Poorly written story about Kabul attack

AP/Fox News:
A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into an armored NATO bus Saturday, killing 17 people, including 12 Americans and a Canadian in the deadliest attack on the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul since the war began.  
It was a major setback for the alliance as it begins to draw down combat troops. 
The explosion sparked a fireball and littered the street with shrapnel and twisted metal hulks. Heavy black smoke poured from burning wreckage at the site along the four-lane highway frequently used by foreign military trainers in the southwestern section of the city.

Underscoring the difficulties ahead, the brazen assault occurred on the same day that top NATO and Afghan officials were meeting elsewhere in Kabul to discuss the second phase of shifting security responsibilities to Afghan forces in all or part of 17 of the country's 34 provinces.
It also was a blow to efforts by the U.S. and President Hamid Karzai to forge peace with the fundamentalist Taliban movement as NATO plans to withdraw all its combat troops from the country by the end of 2014, with support for the costly war reaching new lows in the West.

While the death of the troops is unfortunate and is a terrible event for their families and friends, it is absurd to suggest that it is a blow to the war effort or will effect decisions on how the war will be managed or when troops will be sent home. In fact it was a typical Taliban PR event which the AP reporter fell for completely. 

The US should look at the security for its convoys in the Kabul region and see what is needed to prevent future attacks.

 The Afghans maybe responsible for security of the region in general, but each US unit is always responsible for its own security and the convoys need to put procedures in place to better protect those participating in the convoy.


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