Afghan teen stabs US soldier

| April 1, 2013

The Associated Press reports that a US soldier, Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, was stabbed in the neck by an Afghan teen while Cable was playing with some Afghan kids, last week;

The Afghan and American dignitaries were attending the swearing-in ceremony of Afghan Local Police in Shinwar district in Nangarhar province, senior district official Zalmai Khan said. Afghan Local Police, or ALP, recruits are drawn from villages and backed by the U.S. military.

The soldier was playing with a group of children outside when the attacker came from behind and stabbed him in the neck with a large knife, Khan said, adding the young man had escaped to nearby Pakistan.

The Taliban responded that they had nothing to do with it. The US military doesn’t consider the murder an “insider attack” because, I guess the Taliban says so.

Category: Terror War

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    2014 and large, widespread mushroom clouds over A-Stand and Pakistan can’t come soon enough.

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “The Pentagon said in a statement last week that Cable, of Philpot, Ky., died from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.” What the hell is that? Why would the Pentagon issue such a statement when it’s an outright and easily refuted lie?

  3. crucible says:

    #2 Hell, they can get away with calling the Hassan shooting “workplace” violence and deny Puple Hearts to those wounded AND look everyone in the face doind so.

    Why not this weak sauce shit too?

  4. Loach says:

    I’m sure it was just cultural differences. A cultural awareness briefing will clear that right up.

  5. Safety brief and wearing a reflective PT belt could have prevented that attack.

  6. Old Trooper says:


  7. B Woodman says:

    #6 OT
    Sorry, I’m more angry then that. Burn down the house of the family of the “young” (just HOW young?) man. Then burn down the village mosque with the imam in it. All these contributed to the propaganda and indoctrination of the “young” man which led to the murder of Sgt Cable.

    THEN leave.

  8. USMCE8Ret says:

    I say find the little savage fuck-tard and dole out some justice.

  9. ChipNASA says:

    @7 and @6.

    “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”
    /done and done.

  10. CC Senor says:

    @#7 I share your anger and sense of frustration, but as I read your post I kept flashing on the French village of Oradour.

  11. B Woodman says:

    #10 CC Senior,
    I think I realize what you’re trying to say. That’s why I limited the destruction to property and the one person who (may have been?) directly responsible.

    On second thoughts, still burn/destroy the house and mosque. Put the imam on trial. If his preachings were directly responsible for the murder of an American citizen/soldier, let him be hung. If not, then let him go.

    (sigh) Our western sense of justice and fair play will be our ultimate undoing. The muzzies have no such compunctions against us.

  12. David says:

    Sure be intersting to see if that “teen” was a 13 year old kid or a 19 year-old with a healthy beard started…

  13. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The difference bewteen us and those murderous German SOBs is that we prosecute people who do things like that and the Germans give them medals. I share B Woodman’s anger. We all do. Daydreaming about we would like to do blows off some of that steam. Me, my fantasy is darker than B Woodman’s. I’ll keep it to myself, it’s so ugly.

  14. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Cmt 13 was a response to CC Senor in cmt 10.

  15. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    @10 sometimes it gets really ugly. Your example is a difficult one because folks were rounded up and killed, but using WW2 analogies is also problematic because the carpet bombing and fire bombing techniques used by the Allies did little to distinguish combatant from civilian. Certain cities were burned to the ground knowing full well large amounts of civilians would be killed, but we determined the military value of such targets of high enough value that dead women and children could not and would not be avoided.

    We don’t use our infantry to round up civilians and machine gun them, that’s an abomination on an entirely different level. But even our surgical strikes by drone do more than kill just the one individual we suspect to be in a building. Should his wife and children be inside they die too…

    So if we knew the individual and his supporters to be holed up in a village and we had the chance to air strike the buildings they were in should we? Knowing we will kill anyone inside regardless of affiliation with the accused? Or do we send in ground troops and risk their lives to save the lives of a supposedly innocent child who may stab them in the neck in a year or two?

    I claim no knowledge of the “right” or morally correct choice here, I just subscribe to the notion the lives of those who would defend me are worth more to me than the lives of those who would not and who are embedded with those who would actively seek to kill me.

    I don’t think we are firebombing nearly enough Iraqi or Afghani cities….perhaps I am a monster…

    Mattis said, “Be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet”…

  16. PFM says:

    Always remember that you are being watched – never forget it. Apparently, there were no other soldiers around at the time? Guardian Angels? I don’t know the circumstances but all it takes is a moment’s distraction. RIP, Sergeant.

  17. CC Senor says:

    @11, 13, 15 We all have our dark side and wrestle with our demons as best we can, which is why I leave a lot of things unsaid. We’re not the SS, but it’s a struggle to maintain that separation sometimes because the impulse for revenge is so strong. Save the people and destroy the property? Been there and done that during Cedar Falls in RVN and it was all for naught. Just leave the bastards to stew in their own juices (especially Karzai) and leave.

  18. CC Senor says:

    I don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression: my role in Cedar Falls was very minor. I was a track mechanic and commuted to the “war” from Lai Khe. But the morgue tent and enemy wounded were placed adjacent to our shop area. So, yeah, in addition to romping in the rubber with the 1/4 Cav, I also got to see some of the real costs of the operation.

  19. Setnaffa says:

    The Afghans continue to prove to every European that sets foot in the country that they cannot be trusted to learn and adopt western values. Then again, neither can the teens and young adults in Chicago…

  20. Wigwam says:

    @2 Lying to the American people is what the Pentagon does best. But in this case specifically, I’d rather have it this way. Kind of embarrassing that a soldier of the most powerful military in the World was killed by some 12 year-old don’t ya think? Even more embarrassing that the kid was as old as the War itself. Death by hostile action sounds alot more honorable. Ignorance is bliss