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    Suicide Blast Kills 41 in Afghanistan

    Afghan residents watch as a man washes a damaged minivan after was hit by a remote-controlled bomb in Kabul, July 15, 2014.
    Afghan residents watch as a man washes a damaged minivan after was hit by a remote-controlled bomb in Kabul, July 15, 2014.
    Ayaz Gul

    Afghan officials say a suicide car bomb has killed at least 41 people in eastern Afghanistan. Earlier reports said 89 were killed. Tuesday's attack took place in a region that borders Pakistan.

    Authorities in the Afghan province of Paktika say almost all the victims of Tuesday’s suicide blast are civilians and fear the death toll may rise.

    A presidential statement said children were also among those killed when a bomber detonated his explosives-packed car in a crowded market in Urgun district.
     
    The district governor, Mohammad Reza Kharuti, told VOA that rescue workers were still trying to retrieve bodies and transport the wounded to local hospitals.
     
    The governor said the massive explosion destroyed around 50 shops on both sides of the road while up to 20 vehicles were also damaged. He added that many of the victims were buried under the rubble.
     
    Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the military was providing helicopters and ambulances to transport those seriously injured to the provincial capital, Sharan.
     
    The Afghan Taliban denied involvement in the attack. The insurgent group's spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, issued a statement, saying its “Mujahedeen” were not behind Tuesday's car bombing because "such attacks do not bring any benefit to them”.

    The attack happened hours after a roadside bomb in the Afghan capital killed two employees of President Hamid Karzai’s media office. Police said five people were wounded, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the blast.
     
    Afghanistan has seen a rise in insurgent violence at a time when international troops are reducing their presence in the country to complete their withdrawal by the end of this year.
     
    The United Nations says that escalation in hostilities in Afghanistan has pushed up civilian deaths and injuries by a quarter in the first six months of 2014. The U.N. mission in Kabul recently reported a “direct correlation” in some areas between the closures of foreign military bases and a rise in civilian casualties.
     
    Paktika province, the site of Tuesday's deadly blast ,borders Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district where a full-blown military offensive against militant hideouts is underway.
     
    The Waziristan territory is a known hub of the Pakistani Taliban and is notorious for harboring fighters of the Afghan Taliban insurgency as well as the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani Network.

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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 19, 2014 8:31 PM
    Maky, at least quote the Quran in it's true context. "innocent" in the Quran is only applied to those who are Muslim, and Muslim only. Non-Muslims and Unclean-Muslims (such as the Sunni/Shia sects see each other) are considered guilty by existence, therefore are not innocent by Islamic laws or the Quran. If you must quote the peaceful Quran, make sure you quote it correctly and who the 'innocent' aplies to.
    And YES, it does have everything to do with Muslims!!!!!!!!

    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 16, 2014 10:42 PM
    Sandra Belle, you have made the best statement here. I am a Christian, but I do not believe that Jesus wished for so many to be slaughtered in His name either, like the Crusades (jihad for Muslim), Spanish Inquisition, Salem Witch Trials, and the genocide of the Americas, all in the name of Jesus! Christianity cleaned up it's rhetoric, so can Islam.
    I believe, personally (with no basis of facts), that all the prophets in the bibles, Quran, other religious texts, were great men and wished for all mankind to get along peacefully and to open their eyes for a better way of life....FOR ALL! But all our prophets had religious texts written about their so-called teachings and philosophies long after their deaths. Why? There were plenty of writing media for Muhammed when he was alive. Jesus was a rabbi, why didn't he write anything down for us? If I were an apostle, I would have definitely annoyed the heck out of Jesus about all the years of his life, not just the birth and death!!!!!
    And, since you are a woman, I do not believe for one second that Jesus said "let he who is free of sin to cast the first stone." Jesus threw not one pebble at Mary Magdeline. I believe that Jesus actually said "let them who have partcipated in the adulterous acts, be stoned with her." That would have been the just words of any prophet. But since the Testaments were written by men, then pointing out the hypocrasies of men was taboo, at that time.
    Moses to Aaron: Aaron, why did you make the golden calf?
    Aaron to Moses: Because they made me do it, that's why?
    Moses to Aaron: No, silly brother, I mean, where did you get all this gold?
    Aaron to Moses: You got me! Weren't we just slaves?
    Moses and Aaron: L'chaim! (with a rimshot)

    by: Waly from: canada
    July 15, 2014 2:28 PM
    Well people makes comment without knowing the history real problem in the region. Well all the terrorism in the region initiated by Pakistan ISI. Secret Intelligence agency which was established by British in late 1930's. In late 1980's the ISI created 10000 madrasa to form a mulla fighters. They were training and brain washing thousands of people from all over the world.

    Now those people gone all over the world and see what chaos has been created. ISI was sponsored by Saudi Arabia and CIA financially till now. The Afghan Taliban still being supported by ISI through Haqani group fighting the NATO in Afghanistan. The Irony is Pakistan getting Billions of US aid but at the same time using their own money to fight USA with their own weapons and money. It is more political than religion. Thanks
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 16, 2014 4:23 AM
    Great enlightenment, however, you are making the assumption that there is a fine line between religion and politics. All religions were created from political points of view. No prophet wrote any of the religous texts that are in use today. Jesus wrote nothing, but he was an educated rabbi. Muhammed was also educated, but wrote nothing. Religious texts were mostly written by unknown authors, only speculative at best. Even the books in the Old and New Testaments were judged, rewritten and edited just like Congressional laws are today. Men sat around and discussed what was to be in each religious text before disseminating it to the public. Including the Koran. It's easy to understand. The only important times of Jesus was his birth and death. If you were an apostle, wouldn't you be interested in all of His years, not just the beginning and end? Why did Jesus resurrect Lazarus? Jesus loved the little children, he would have resurrected a child, not just some guy who made no contribution to Christianity!

    Religion and politics are destroying mankind (no gender reference). We should have already evolved past this point in human history, don't know why. We should have beliefs, and it should always be MANKIND first! Life after death, 72 virgins, it's all tools to justify evils in the name of religions! No difference with campaign promises!!!!!!

    Whether you have a particular faith or not, are we going to allow mankind to be destroyed because of religious and political beliefs?

    by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
    July 15, 2014 2:05 PM
    god Blees people the Afghanistan and advances the peace sustainable

    by: nisar ebrahim rathod from: Pakistan
    July 15, 2014 11:48 AM
    Who are then behind this suicide attack , the infighting; terrorism ; and the disarray in the line of rule in Afghanistan till now was the incompetency of US as the overseer to ignore the mismanagement of Karzai rule in overall Afghanistan.--- the matter of fact is that, US just managed to stay in Kabul without much care , What happen next ? --Who was responsible for the callousness and after effect in Afghanistan? -- even after the loss of Iraq war, why did it ventured in Afghanistan ? Terrorism is still at large with full force , but it has concentrated now to Asia ; Africa , but it has to flourish , and will be exported finally ,only due to despondency ; deprivation; and injustices done , not now maybe but someday if the tense conditions prevails indefinitely.
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    by: Red Foreman from: USA
    July 15, 2014 1:24 PM
    You are wrong, there are no more terrorists. President Obama has said that when he killed Osana Bin Laden that terrorism will soon no longer exist in the world. He has destroyed Al Quida. All face the east, kneel on your prayer rug and chant "Obama is greater"

    by: cannon fodder from: usa
    July 15, 2014 7:59 AM
    You'd think just once the Moslems would have a specific reason for killing and maiming hundreds but they never do. No demands are ever made and no logic for that particular attack beyond showing they can strike anywhere, anytime. Slowly but surely the rest of the world is amassing against them and their terror tactics. Soon the whole religion will be categorized as a terrorist organization and banned.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 19, 2014 8:31 PM
    Maky, at least quote the Quran in it's true context. "innocent" in the Quran is only applied to those who are Muslim, and Muslim only. Non-Muslims and Unclean-Muslims (such as the Sunni/Shia sects see each other) are considered guilty by existence, therefore are not innocent by Islamic laws or the Quran. If you must quote the peaceful Quran, make sure you quote it correctly and who the 'innocent' aplies to.
    And YES, it does have everything to do with Muslims!!!!!!!!
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    by: Maky from: USA
    July 15, 2014 11:09 AM
    This has nothing to do with being a Muslim. Muslims can't kill innocent people. Foreign agencies are involved here to destabilize the region. The Holy Quran: [17:33] Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law)

    Based on this verse, it is Islamically unlawful to murder anyone who is innocent of certain crimes. It is well to remember at this point the distinction made above between Qur'an and Sunnah, and the Muslims: only the Qur'an and Sunnah are guaranteed to be in accordance with what the Creator desires, whereas the Muslims may possibly deviate. Hence, if any Muslim kills an innocent person, that Muslim has committed a grave sin, and certainly the action cannot be claimed to have been done "in the name of Islam."
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    by: Joe Hudak from: Wisconsin
    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM
    The reason is "ethnic cleansing." The Pushtan majority population in Pakistan has always had a disdain for the Hazaras and other Muslim minorities--especially in urban areas where minority groups try to settle in Pushtan majority communities.

    Hence the bombing. The government turns a blind eye towards the actual reason for it, almost never publicizing it for what it is, just another random terrorist attack on random civilians.

    So yeah, any time there's Muslim on Muslim violence in the Mid-east, it's because the perp hated the fact that the victim didn't choose the "right" form of Islam. Except in this case Pakistan more or less sanctions it.
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    by: Red from: Houston, Texas
    July 15, 2014 10:56 AM
    @cannon fodder: Islam does not tolerate acts of violence on civilians nor do followers of the faith. This disconcerting tragedy is a reality for Afghanis and Pakistanis, for which your conclusion aims to collectively punish on the basis of an extremist act. Indeed, it is you who seeks to classify civilians across the Muslim world as combatants without any reasonable basis in fact or in law. Surely, the rest of the world is on to your resilient ability to respond to an illogical act with no logic at all.
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    by: John Guerra from: herndon
    July 15, 2014 10:34 AM
    You are correct. No political statement, no reason. Not that one exists. Military targets are probably fair targets but women and children market day? Reminds me of the shelling of the market in Sarajevo that slaughtered so many Muslims. Such hate will destroy your us all. Should this group get hands on nuclear devices they will use them. No doubt.
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    by: sandrala Belle from: USA
    July 15, 2014 10:18 AM
    Why do Muslims insist upon killing each other? Surely, it was not Mohammed's plan for his people...

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