April 6th, 2013
09:41 PM ET

Afghan attacks kill 6 Americans as Dempsey arrives

By Michael Martinez

Two attacks in Afghanistan killed six Americans - four service members and two civilians - on Saturday as a top U.S. military official arrived to assess the country's security, officials said.

The deadliest attack was the bombing of a military convoy delivering books to a school in southern Afghanistan's Zabul province in which three service members, a State Department civilian and a Department of Defense civilian were killed, according to U.S. officials.

Afghan civilians also died in that incident, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Four more State Department personnel suffered injuries, one of them critically, Kerry said.

Meanwhile, another U.S. service member was killed in a separate attack, a U.S. official said.

Kerry described the killed State Department civilian as "an exceptional young foreign service officer" whom he met last week in Kabul.

She was on her second tour in Afghanistan, and had been working out of the embassy in Kabul since last summer.

Information on the other killed Americans, including their identities, wasn't immediately available.

"I wish everyone in our country could see first-hand the devotion, loyalty and amazingly hard and hazardous work our diplomats do on the front lines in the world's most dangerous places," Kerry said in a statement. "Every day, we honor their courage and are grateful for their sacrifices, and today we do so with great sadness."

Meanwhile, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived at Bagram Airfield on Saturday for meetings with coalition and Afghan leaders, the Defense Department said.

Dempsey will be apprised of an ongoing military transition where Afghan security forces are taking greater control of their country.

He will meet with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, who took command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) about two months ago.

"One of the things I'm going to ask [Dunford], is ... what have you learned. If he tells me 'Nothing,' I'm going to say, 'Maybe we got the wrong guy,'" Dempsey told the American Forces Press Service.

His other meetings will be with Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command; U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham; and Dempsey's Afghan counterpart, Army Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Defense Department said.

CNN's Jill Dougherty, Jamie Crawford, Chris Lawrence and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Skorpio

    Unless there is A MASSIVE CONVERSION OF MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY, nothing is going to change, global Islamic madness, violence and discrimination will continue forever.

    May 8, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  2. JR

    Most unprofessional remark I have ever seen an American military leader mouth in print. "One of the things I'm going to ask [Dunford], is ... what have you learned. If he tells me 'Nothing,' I'm going to say, 'Maybe we got the wrong guy,'" Dempsey told the American Forces Press Service. Great for moral – which I understand is non-existent over there right now.

    April 9, 2013 at 5:41 am | Reply
  3. wjm

    My condolences to the service members and their families as well as the families of the two civilians mudered. As for the rest of you terrorist supporting cretins, stew in the feces you write. Not a one of you offer condolences, just America bad. That says that you do support terrorism, more then anything else. So go and take a long walk off a short pier.

    Idiots

    April 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  4. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    April 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • ASSAD SHAH PAKISTAN

      YES MR SMITH YOU ARE ALL RIGHT IN PAKISTAN USA KILLED INNOCENT PEOPLES IN DRONE ATTACKS , AND THERE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES IN US EMBASSY , BLACK WATER KILLED IN WHOLE PAKISTAN CIVILIANS AND GIVE THE MSG TO WORLD THAT TERRORISM IS ON THE BOOST, THERE IS NO TERRORISM IN PAKISTAN ONLY USA DESTABLIZING PAKISTAN FOR ITS ATOMIC PROGRAMME,

      April 8, 2013 at 4:08 am | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Thank you, ASSAD. I completely agree with both you and John above.

        April 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  5. Joe M.

    Here's just more evidence that we need to get of Afghanistan and fast! We never had any right to be there in the first place!

    April 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  6. Hrefhj Gutrgb

    THOSE PEOPLE WANT MONEY SO THEY WORK TO GET/KEEP AS MANY OUTSIDE FORCES IN THEIR COUNTRY AS POSIBLE ONE WAY THEY DO THIS IS BOMBING TARGETED US FORCES REMEMBER SOMEONE HIGH UP IN GOV. WOULD HAVE TOLD THOSE WHO CONDUCTED THE BOMBING AHEAD OF TIME SO THE US WOULD COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT MORE NOT LESS IS BETTER BUT THAT WILL NOT BE TO ANYONES BENIFT

    April 7, 2013 at 10:52 am | Reply
  7. StanCalif

    This article explains why we, the USA, must get out this hell hole country NOW! There is nothing to "win" here! These people will continue to kill each other forever. Dempsey complains about the NATO commander in charge? All of our wonderful NATO allies have gone home!!!! NATO forces in Afghnistan are all Americans maybe a few Brits, very few! It is stupid to keep Americans in his country!

    April 7, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Stan,tell republicans because they're the warmongers here being the advocates of war that keep the MIC going through thick and thin..Eisenhower with American military intervention in Vietnam than after the Gulf of Tonkin incident full blown war but ignorents who post here thought it was Pres.Kennedy,wrong again buds...Or Bushs two unfunded wars created with lies claiming Gen.Colin Powells career as well because he was the messager that was told untruths from Bush,Cheney to relay to the UN to get mutual agreement to again start those wars..It's republicans who won't serve in military service but advocate war for others to serve as long its not anyone that's related to them themselves..Republicans the armchair generals that have only a 30% of reps in both houses that ever served militarily compared to over 70% of democrates who did and advocate against it as well because they've seen the destruction and death that fall on its enlistees..Just like Micheal Moore who asked all senators who have a stake personally in this war and only one senator responded because his son was in a military academy,geez what overflowing patriotism right!!

      April 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Thank you, Pete. You nailed it good!

        April 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm |

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