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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Kabul

I arrived in Kabul today from Bagram via a UH-60 Blackhawk courtesy of the US Army. It does feel different than my last trip here in 2002. I noticed brand new looking wells off the side of the road and locals pumping water. Local business also seems to be thriving, but that is a first impression.

The day before, on Monday, there were two suicide bombs here in the capital resulting in a handful of dead including one German ISAF soldier. I haven't seen the news coverage but word is that, in the first case, a car either backed up or hit the brakes, causing a collision with an ISAF vehicle behind. German soldiers then got out to sort out the accident and the bomber blew himself and the car up when the ISAF patrol was along side the vehicle--killing one German soldier. As we arrived on the tarmac a plane prepared to take off with German soldiers also wounded in the attack .

The other bomber appears to have been a person on bike.

Suicide bombing does not really have a precedent here in Afghanistan, so the incidents on Monday are disturbing. As is the case in Iraq as well, it is the local population that suffers the most casualties.

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