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Suicide bomber attacked an air force bus in Afghanistan's capital early Wednesday, killing eight, wounding another 13

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber attacked an air force bus in Afghanistan's capital early Wednesday, killing eight military personnel and wounding another 13, security officials said.

The Defense Ministry confirmed the number of casualties in a statement updating a previous toll. Army Gen. Kadamshah Shahim said the bomber was stopped before he could enter the bus, likely limiting the number of casualties.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, with a spokesman for the insurgents, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirming that the air force bus was the target.

The attack came as the country struggles through its first democratic transition of power, with one of the candidates in last month's presidential runoff alleging fraud. Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister and one of two candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai, has warned he will boycott the results of the June 14 balloting.

Abdullah, who won the first round on April 5 by a wide margin, says supporters of his opponent, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, stuffed ballot boxes and tried to rig the vote.

According to the official timetable, initial results are due Wednesday and final results are due on July 22, with the inauguration date for the new president scheduled for Aug. 2.

Both candidates have promised to sign a security pact with the United States that would allow nearly 10,000 American forces to remain in the country in a training capacity and to conduct counterterrorism operations after most foreign troops withdraw by the end of the year.

But a disruption in the announcement of election results could mean another delay in finalizing that agreement, which was rebuffed by Karzai.

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coopdabomb July 02 2014 at 9:25 AM

Coming to a neighborhood near you soon. Thanks osama obama...

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billcdaly July 02 2014 at 10:44 AM

But Hillary and BHO will not officially call the Taliban a terrorist organization.
Not labeled such, so they can negotiate with them.

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John billcdaly July 02 2014 at 12:10 PM

All muslims are muslim terrorist bombers, either by murdering human beings or funding those who do murder human beings.

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johngin1999 John July 02 2014 at 12:35 PM

Ain't that the truth!

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johngin1999 John July 02 2014 at 12:35 PM

Yet the loony left only attacks Christians.

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stwild July 02 2014 at 8:07 AM

Get our boys home and SECURE our borders!!!!

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ranger197172 July 02 2014 at 5:32 AM

Last thing i want to see is our troops deployed there again. Nothing in that country is worth one American life.

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mykecusa@netscap ranger197172 July 02 2014 at 10:49 AM

So you do not think intelligence gathering is worth much eh ? You must not think that some Middle Eastern group does not possibly have a Boeing 777 that has intercontinental range and the capacity to carry a nuclear weapon, or other weapon of mass destruction. If such is the case though, don't you think the information is very important ? Whose life is worth gathering that type intelligence ?

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johngin1999 mykecusa@netscap July 02 2014 at 12:28 PM

you don't need troops in combat to gather intelligence. But then again you'd need intelligence to know that. LOL

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kcarthey mykecusa@netscap July 02 2014 at 12:29 PM

Troops are not the nation's intelligence gatherers. Electronic surveylance, aerial surveylance and human infliltators are. We do not need troops on the ground for any purpose other than to defend any embassy we have in Afghanistan.

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John ranger197172 July 02 2014 at 12:06 PM

I agree. No American Military Member's life is worth losing in any muslim terrorist bomber country. They all hate the United States and their holy book demands that They Murder all Non-muslims. They all want to see Americans murdered.

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organplyr July 02 2014 at 7:33 AM

Seems so many do not get it, basically because they were NOT paying attention when the US was trying to negotiate to leave 10,000 troops in Iraq, Bush negotiated the withdrawal, but troops to be left once we withdrew was left for negotiations. Iraqi Government did NOT want any troops left there, and made that clear, so how can you leave troops when a country's government tells you to leave....During the negotiations, If any troops would have stayed, our troops would be subject to prosecution under the laws of the Iraqis, which Obama would not agree to either. ??? People shouldn't post unless they were paying attention during all phases of events.

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halt1025 July 02 2014 at 4:26 AM

obomacare Afghanistan

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aaldrew halt1025 July 02 2014 at 8:47 AM

Yup. Two big Obalmy mess-ups.

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libsfault July 02 2014 at 5:00 AM

We'll never win this war against Islam. You need to take out the country not one or two that pop their heads out.

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sjean721 July 02 2014 at 7:49 AM

American military need not risk their lives in third world hell holes. Obviously they belong at our borders keeping out ALL outsiders out. They signed up to protrct their own country.

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johngin1999 sjean721 July 02 2014 at 12:38 PM

If all the soldiers who died in GWB & BO wars were still alive & deployed on our border with "Mehigo", the USA would be a safer place.
Muslims killing Muslims in the middle east? Who gives a flying ......

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amirthedevil johngin1999 July 02 2014 at 3:40 PM

Too late! "undocumented immigrants" are arriving to California to settle, courtesy of the federal government at the cost of $70,000 per trip.

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IBruzEZ July 02 2014 at 6:33 AM

This is the legacy of George Bush. Now we are stuck with it. We will never get out of there. Should have listened to the russians when they said "stay away from Afghanistan".!!

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chrlbrw1122 July 02 2014 at 8:52 AM

Another job well done by Bozo. Al quida is on the run and scared to death of Bozo the crime fighter.

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