Bruce’s wife tragically witnessed her husband’s death during one of their regular Skype video-chats on Monday. At the time of the incident, the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be.Bradley Taber-Thomas, brother-in-law of U.S. Army Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark • Discussing the distressing way Clark’s wife learned of her Afghanistan-stationed husband’s death earlier this week — while the two were having a video chat on Skype. ”Although the circumstances were unimaginable, Bruce’s wife and extended family will be forever thankful that he and his wife were together in his last moments,” Taber-Thomas said. So sad. (via Stefan Becket)
Duck and cover here at the embassy. Not a drill - avoid the area.— U.S. Embassy Kabul (@USEmbassyKabul) May 2, 2012
Reports are coming out that a large explosion went off in Kabul, Afghanistan, sometime after a major speech on the Afghan war was given by President Obama at Bagram Air Base. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a warning immediately, tweeting the above as well as telling staff to “take cover, move away from the windows,” according to AFP, whose bureau is nearby the embassy — more on this as details emerge.
I recognize that many Americans are tired of war. I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security. But we must finish the job we started in Afghanistan, and end this war responsibly.President Barack Obama • Speaking in a televised speech in Afghanistan, hours after landing at a military base near Kabul in a surprise visit. While emphasizing the need to end the war — the last combat troops are expected to leave in 2014 — he spoke of the importance of seeing the mission through. “The goal that I set, to defeat Al Qaeda and deny it the chance to rebuild, is now within our reach,” he said. While in Afghanistan, the president signed a document with Afghan president Hamid Karzai “Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement,” meant to clarify the American role in the country after the war.
» An Afghan soldier opened fire on members of the U.S. military, from a nearby rooftop, killing one soldier and the local interpreter who was accompanying him. The gunman managed to wound three more soldiers before being killed by return fire. Three United States soldiers were also killed in eastern Afghanistan, all victims of a bombing, as were three Afghan women after the house they sought shelter in was hit by a Taliban mortar shell. Details on all of the deceased were released under the condition of anonymity by U.S. officials.
» Officials suspect extremists against education for women: Tuesday’s incident, which sickened women and girls between the ages of 14 and 30, left many of them dizzy and many others unconscious. “Looking at the health condition of these girls, I can definitely say that their water was contaminated by some sort of poison,” said Dr. Hafizullah Safi. ”But we don’t know yet what was the water exactly contaminated with.” Afghanistan has long faced issues with violence against women — in fact, a similar incident to this one took place in 2010.