Five Americans Dead In Afghan Suicide Attack

After a lull that has lasted for most of 2013, a suicide attack has claimed the lives of five Americans:

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bomb in southern Afghanistan killed three American soldiers and two American civilians on Saturday, the deadliest single attack against United States forces this year, officials said.

The bomber detonated his vehicle around 11 a.m. as an American convoy passed that was accompanying the provincial governor on a trip to inaugurate a new school in Qalat, the capital of Zabul Province, according to American and Afghan officials. At least one of the civilians worked for the State Department.

The blast, which occurred near a coalition base, killed an Afghan doctor accompanying the governor, said Muhammad Jan Rasoolyar, the deputy governor. The governor survived the attack, which also wounded several Americans and Afghans, including two of the governor’s bodyguards.

It is unclear whether the attack was aimed at the coalition forces or the governor. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which was the deadliest for Americans since last July, when a bomb in Wardak Province killed six United States service members, American officials said.

Thankfully, we’re getting out of that hellhole.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. john personna says:

    But OTB’s position was to oppose an accelerated schedule.

  2. Thankfully, we’re getting out of that hellhole.


    And thankfully we have drones, just in case the suicide bombers need a little help blowing themselves up.

  3. Mike says:

    What are we accomplishing there at this point?