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Afghan teenager fatally stabs U.S. soldier

FILE - In this March 28, 2013 file photo, U.S. Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, of Philpot, Ky., at Dover Air Force Base, Del. An Afghan teenager killed Cable in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children, officials said Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)There’s got to be more to this story than what they are saying. The area was secured and the kid stabs the U.S. soldier and manages to escape to Pakistan before anyone could find out about it. There’s definitely something wrong with this picture. They’re definitely not telling the whole story here.

Yahoo News – by KIM GAMEL | Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan teenager fatally stabbed an American soldier in the neck as he played with children in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as the U.S. death toll rose sharply last month with an uptick in fighting due to warmer weather.  

Last week’s calculated attack shows that international troops still face a myriad of dangers even though they are increasingly taking a back seat in operations with Afghan forces ahead of a full withdrawal by the end of 2014.

Just one U.S. service member was killed in February — a five-year monthly low — but the American death toll climbed to at least 14 last month.

Overall, the number of Americans and other foreign forces killed inAfghanistan has fallen as their role shifts more toward training and advising government troops instead of fighting.

But a series of so-called insider attacks on foreign troops by Afghan forces of insurgents disguised as them has threatened to undermine the trust needed to help President Hamid Karzai’s government take the lead in securing the country after more than 11 years at war.

The attack that killed Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, of Philpot, Ky., last Wednesday occurred after the soldiers had secured an area for a meeting of U.S. and Afghan officials in a province near the volatile border with Pakistan.

But one of two senior U.S. officials who confirmed that Cable had been stabbed by a young man said the assailant was not believed to have been in uniform so it was not being classified as an insider attack.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said the attacker was thought to be about 16 years old. He escaped so his age couldn’t be verified.

Cable’s brother Raymond Johnston, a 42-year-old waiter in Owensboro, Ky., said the Army told the family the basics of what happened and that his brother was stabbed in the neck from behind.

Johnston said his brother, who also did a tour of duty in Iraq, was “prepared before he left for anything that happened” in Afghanistan.

Cable met individually with Johnston and three other family members before leaving for Afghanistan and had similar conversations with each — that the deployment was extremely hazardous and that his family and friends should “continue to enjoy life” if he was killed.

“He was able to communicate to the family about if the worst was supposed to happen, what we were supposed to do,” Johnston said.

Cable’s body was scheduled to return to Owensboro in western Kentucky on Thursday. Visitation was scheduled for Friday with the funeral set for Saturday.

The Afghan and American dignitaries were attending the swearing-in ceremony of Afghan Local Police in Shinwar district in Nangarhar province, senior district official Zalmai Khan said. Afghan Local Police, or ALP, recruits are drawn from villages and backed by the U.S. military.

The soldier was playing with children outside when the attacker came from behind and stabbed him in the neck with a large knife, Khan said. Other guards nearby didn’t immediately notice what had happened because there was no gunshot, and the assailant was able to flee to neighboring Pakistan, he added.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid identified the attacker as a 16-year-old local man named Khalid. He said Khalid was acting independently when he killed the soldier but had joined the Islamic militant movement since fleeing the scene.

The district official Khan did not provide a name or confirm the Taliban’s claim.

The Pentagon said in a statement last week that Cable, died from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.

The killing comes as the U.S. death toll rose to 14 in March, compared with four in the previous two months of the year, partly fueled by the start of the spring fighting season when the Taliban and other insurgents take advantage of improved weather to step up attacks.

By contrast, at least 67 members of the Afghan security forces were killed last month, compared with 42 in February and 55 in January.

In a success story for the Afghan government, the intelligence service announced that it had foiled a plan to attack the Sulma dam in the western province of Herat.

Agency spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri said an Afghan man identified as Sayed Gul was arrested with 1,300 kilograms (about 1.5 tons) of explosives. He blamed the Pakistani Taliban for plotting to bomb the dam in a bid to destabilize the country.


Associated Press writers Kimberly Dozier, Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul, and Brett Barrouquere in Louisiville, Ky., contributed to this report.

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6 Responses to Afghan teenager fatally stabs U.S. soldier

  1. D. Gilmore says:

    yahoo news/associated press….need I say more? Didnt think so. The propaganda is going ballistic, I think its because they know they are losing the information war, as both hillary clinton and bryzinski publicly admitted. They are like a cornered wild animal.. I put nothing past them at this point. My guess, even tho it may be wrong, is another marine did this and he was on SSRI’s (kidding digger, just messin with ya, dont get mad at me) 🙂
    Point is, anything coming from the AP is propaganda and nothing more….or less. I agree with the editor that this story really sounds a bit fishy.

    • diggerdan says:

      Aw man D. Gilmore, not a problem buddy. I know that SSRI`s are not for every one, but they are for some though :). I personally have known many – about 100 very long term heavy users of ssri`s – myself was one that was useing them off the street many years ago and I have never witnessed any of the bad side effects from them or saw any from anyone that I have known that were heavy users, but I know that they are not for everyone.. Ya see D. Gilmore, you will get into trouble when ya have bad combinations like mixing maoi`s with ssri`s, then there is serious problems like strokes and arrogent/violent behaviors.

  2. D. Gilmore says:

    By the way…its interesting that AP did not bring up the high suicide rate of military and veterans. Nor did they bring up the fact that one in four women in the military are sexually assaulted by those they should be able to trust.
    AP is a 24/7 think tank to sway opinion, and they have been doing it for a long time and are getting quite good at it. AP and Gannett are working hand in hand distributing this crap in every city of this country.

  3. Jolly Roger says:

    yeah, I know what’s wrong with this story….but I think the policy is “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

    My guess is that this kid took his revenge for being raped. How many 24 year-old men play with children? Seems to me that most guys don’t want annoying kids anywhere near them, but this guy apparently seeks out their company. I think he was serving up sausage in the can, and this kid got angry about his manhood being stolen.

    • Tanya says:

      That’s the first thing I thought of. What was he “playing” at? Might not have been the kid who was raped; he might have seen the soldier touching a girl, perhaps his sister.

  4. NC says:

    Yeah, I know this is from Yahoo and AP, need I say more. But the story itself seemed fishy enough to post and debate, especially when they know they are losing the information war. That’s why even the commenters on Yahoo even think this story is bullshit and something is missing. They can’t even hide it or cover it up anymore. It’s so blatantly obvious now.

    How many times do people have to say it. You young idiots out there who are joining the military for money or college education are killing yourselves by joining the military. It’s suicide and everyone knows it. By not joining, you can at least stay alive to fight the real fight here at home against the REAL enemy. What good is an education and money if you ain’t around to use it?

    Wake up young people, Obama and our fake government cares nothing for you. Your sheep being led to the slaughter and they are only using you to weaken, depopulate and destroy our country and its borders from within.

    WAKE UP!!! You want to join something. JOIN THE MILITIA! There may not be money or college education in it, but at least your conscience will be cleared and you’ll be on the right side and will become a part of something REALLY worth fighting for.

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