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Afghan Vice President Assasinated

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Pistol, Jul 6, 2002.

  1. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,363 Likes Received: 299

    Gunmen Assassinate Afghanistan's VP
    Sat Jul 6, 3:58 PM ET
    By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Gunmen firing assault rifles Saturday assassinated Afghan Vice President Abdul Qadir, a veteran Pashtun warlord and key figure in U.S.-backed efforts to bring stability to the war-fractured nation.

    President Hamid Karzai summoned his Cabinet to an emergency session and police set up roadblocks throughout the city as the gunmen escaped. Uniformed troops armed with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers took up positions in front of government ministries.

    A government statement issued after the meeting blamed the assassination on "terrorists." Karzai appointed a commission headed by Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Wardak and another vice president, Karim Khalili, to investigate the assassination.

    Karzai will send a senior government delegation to the funeral in Jalalabad on Sunday, the statement said. The government declared Tuesday a national day of mourning.

    The attack occurred at about 12:40 p.m. as Qadir, one of three vice presidents, was leaving by car from the heavily guarded Ministry of Public Works, which he also headed. The gunmen sprayed nearly 40 rounds into his vehicle, killing Qadir and his driver.

    The gunmen, dressed in traditional, shawal khameez garments and wearing white skull caps, then jumped into a white car and escaped, police official Abdul Raouf Dad said.

    All 10 uniformed security guards on duty at the ministry were arrested because they failed to react properly, Kabul police chief Din Mohammed Jurat said.

    Karzai rushed to the 400-bed military hospital where Qadir's body was taken and afterward summoned his Cabinet into emergency session.

    Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Anwari told The Associated Press that, during the Cabinet meeting, Karzai "expressed his great sadness for the loss of a great patriot and the hero of the nation."

    No group claimed responsibility. Foreign Ministry spokesman Omar Samad called the killing a "terrorist action" carried out by "enemies of the state who are against peace in the country."

    President Bush ( news - web sites) said his administration stands ready to assist in the Afghan investigation if Karzai asks for help.

    "We are more resolved than ever to bring stability to the country so that the Afghan people can have peace and hope," Bush said in Kennebunkport, Maine.

    Apart from Karzai himself, Qadir was the most prominent ethnic Pashtun in the government. He was appointed a vice president during last month's Afghan grand council, or loya jirga, to bring ethnic balance into a government which had been dominated by ethnic Tajiks.

    Qadir also served as governor of Nangarhar province, one of the richest areas of the country because of its extensive opium poppy fields and proximity to Pakistan.

    Residents of Nangarhar's capital, Jalalabad, suggested the killing could have stemmed from manifold personal, political and economic rivalries in the province.

    Qadir was a leading rebel commander during the war against the Soviets in the 1980s. Later, he became one of the few prominent Pashtuns to join the Tajik- and Uzbek-dominated northern alliance, which allied with the United States during last year's war against the Taliban.

    His brother, Abdul Haq, was a legendary anti-Soviet commander hanged by the Taliban in October when he slipped into Afghanistan ( news - web sites) to organize Pashtun resistance to the hardline Islamic militia.

    The slaying of such a prominent and powerful figure threatened to stir unrest in the strategic eastern area as the Karzai government struggles to extend its authority beyond the capital.

    Mindful of that possibility, a member of the U.S. National Security Council staff was in touch with Karzai immediately after the killing, U.S. officials said.

    State Department spokesman Richard Boucher condemned the assassination of "an Afghan patriot." Boucher's statement said the killing "should not be allowed to divert the government and people of Afghanistan from the path of reconstruction."

    In London, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the "whole of the international community will stand alongside the Afghan people in their determination to rebuild their country, and not to have their efforts sabotaged by terrorism."

    In Berlin, the president of the German parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, said the assassination was "an assault on the nascent process of peace and democratization in Afghanistan."

    French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero condemned the assassination and said France "is determined more than ever to play our part in mobilizing the international community to promote Afghanistan's development and stability."

    Qadir's personal history was colorful and often controversial. During the war against the Soviets, he belonged to the conservative Hezb-e-Islami party, whose leader, Yunus Khalis, allowed al-Qaida fighters to live on his farm during the Taliban regime.

    As governor of Nangarhar in 1996, before the Taliban took power, Qadir welcomed Osama bin Laden ( news - web sites) when he arrived in Jalalabad from Sudan at the invitation of Qadir's lieutenant, Engineer Mahmood.

    During his four years as governor before the Taliban, Qadir was often criticized by the U.N. Drug Control Program for failing to curb poppy production.

    Qadir was the second Cabinet minister assassinated since the Taliban collapsed last year. On Feb. 14, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Abdul Rahman was killed at Kabul airport under mysterious circumstances.

    Rahman initially was reported killed by a mob of Muslim pilgrims angered that they had been unable to travel to Mecca.

    Later, Karzai blamed Rahman's killing on a conspiracy involving members of his own police and intelligence services and said it sprang from a personal vendetta. However, no one has been charged with the death and some of those publicly named remain in power.
  2. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,363 Likes Received: 299
    Afghan police surround the car of Afghanistan's Vice President Abdul Qadir following his assassiniation, Saturday, July 6, 2002. Two gunmen firing assault rifles assassinated Qadir as he was being driven from a government ministry Saturday. His driver was also killed but the gunmen escaped. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
  3. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

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    assassinated blah freakin typo
  4. TEE_rase_war

    TEE_rase_war Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 6, 2001 Messages: 1,717 Likes Received: 1
    who cares......it was prolly the states anyway...but im too lazy to read
  5. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,363 Likes Received: 299
    quick to blame the US and come to a conclusion about the evil empire yet too lazy to read a short article.
  6. For-Sale

    For-Sale Banned

    Joined: Jul 6, 2002 Messages: 11 Likes Received: 0
  7. kissmyass#1

    kissmyass#1 Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 8, 2002 Messages: 1,071 Likes Received: 0
    fucking cockcoroach........ say hello to my little friend![​IMG]
  8. Fabo 2

    Fabo 2 Guest

    Bump for Afghanistan.
  9. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
    the world is falling apart.

  10. ctrl+alt+del

    ctrl+alt+del Guest

    ^^^ agree with everything, especially the one on the left
  11. uncle-boy

    uncle-boy Guest

    :( ,and they jacked up his ride.
  12. DEE38

    DEE38 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 8, 2001 Messages: 11,128 Likes Received: 13
    If I was ready to have children, I woulden't. I dont want to bring them up in this bullshit time in the world. :: moving to spain to be naked ::
  13. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3
    Dont have kids people, there are already way too many people in the world.

    That dude had a brand new toyota with off roading lights. Thats weird, that they would have american cares over there.

    Anyways rip. That guy seemed like a good man.
  14. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    The people that oppose peace and stability in Afghanistan are some of the most bigoted, backwards, anti-liberty people on this earth. They are not as powerful as the Nazis were, but they are every bit as fascistic. They want girls to be completely enslaved and held like prisoners inside their family home until they marry (young) and then to remain basically "barefoot and pregnant" and cloistered within their husbands' home. They oppose girls being educated AT ALL past the sixth grade. They adamantly oppose girls or women working outside the home AT ALL. They demand that all women past puberty wear the burkha, and even today, many women in Afghanistan are afraid to not wear it, for fear that the Taliban may still return.
    The Muslim ultra-fundamentalists main Christian patriot fundamentalists look like liberal wanna-bes. They are irrational fanatics. They are a very big danger to constitutional, normalized goverment in Afghanistan, and have sworn jihad (holy war) against the United States. If for no other reason than the WTC explosion, we should arrest and interrogate every last one we can catch. BUT--if they attack the government of Afghanistan, we MUST support the Afghan Government.
    Al-Quaida is a cowardly bunch of murderers. We should everything we can to PLANT THEM DEEP.
  15. dojafx

    dojafx Member

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    some of these tricks need to realize that its the united states fault afghanistan is a shithole, when afghanistan was controlled by the soviet supported government, the government was making some progress in industrialization and whatnot
    smash the state