"I heard a loud boom." These are the words of US vice-president, Dick Cheney, after apparently being targeted by a suicide bomber during a trip to Afghanistan.
The bomber, who struck the main US coalition base outside Afghanistan, killed over 23 people. It has now been released that his target and goal was to blow-up Dick Cheney.
Mr. Chaney, who was staying at the airbase near Kabul, was away form the blast site and after hearing the boom, was instantly surrounded by secret service and told there was an attack.
According to Mr. Cheney, "The Secret Service came in and told me there had been an attack on the main gate, apparently a suicide bomber."
The area where the explosion occurred was crowded and Cheney had been forced to stay at the airbase, overnight, due to bad weather.
There are new reports that indicate the Taliban has made claims that Cheney was indeed the target.
From the words of a Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi, “'We knew that Dick Cheney would be staying inside the base. The attacker was trying to reach Cheney.'”
Other reports now state that most of those injured and killed were young men.
According to Bahman Akbari, who runs a company affiliated with the base, “'I was just ten metres away when the bomber blew himself up. Eleven of my guys and three westerners, all my friends, were killed. I saw a huge ball of fire and there were bodies everywhere — we all rushed to help.'"
“'They were all young guys between 14 and 18 years old, I will never be able to forget this day. I was in New York during September 11 — it is like these guys are following me around.'”
This attack comes at the behest of growing debate and conflict between the White House and Congress, along with the UK, in questioning the "War on Terror" as well as possible military action against Iran.
While the president has recently expressed, in not always kind words, disapproval of recent actions by Nancy Pelosi and Tony Blair in regard to mideast relations and policy, a growing number of people are beginning to question the true effect and benefit on the current war.
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