[Guest post by DRJ]
Seven CIA officers and the CIA base chief at a pivotal forward operating base were killed Wednesday by a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan National Army uniform, and six more CIA officers were injured. The bomber’s ability to infiltrate the secure base is worrisome:
“The use of an army uniform raised the possibility that the uniform was stolen or that the Afghan National Army ranks had been infiltrated by insurgents, a potentially more serious and pervasive problem.
The attack happened close to dusk, when some people on the base were finishing their daily work and relaxing or taking a break before dinner or before returning to their offices for the evening.
A NATO official said the bomber managed to elude security and reach an area near the base’s gym. Among other questions raised was whether the bomber worked at the base and had clearance, or if a security slip allowed him to gain entry.”
The deaths reportedly
doubled tripled the number of CIA officers killed since 9/11:
“The attack dealt a significant blow to the often insular, tight-knit intelligence organization, which has lost only 90 officers in the line of duty since its founding in 1947.
Previously, the spy agency has revealed that four of its officers have been killed since the Sept. 11 attacks, all of them memorialized with stars carved into a marble wall at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va.”
My condolences to the families of these heroes.
UPDATE: The AP reports the suicide bomber had been invited onto the base as a potential informant. Sources report that either he was not searched or he set off the bomb as he was about to be searched.