Christmas Day attacks show security challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan
December 25th, 2013
11:04 AM ET

Christmas Day attacks show security challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Lateef Mungin

Two car bombs targeting Christians killed at least 38 people in southern Baghdad on Christmas.

In Afghanistan, two rounds of "indirect fire" hit the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul, but no one was hurt.

The incidents highlight the security challenges with which both Iraq and Afghanistan are grappling.

Both countries have had a heavy U.S. military presence until recently.

The departure of U.S. forces from Iraq has done little to curb the near-daily cycle of violence. In Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials are working on an important security pact to outline the future of American troops in Afghanistan.

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  1. Towel Heads

    Towel Heads is what Towel Heads do.

    December 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  2. 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.

    December 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  3. Neda

    The regime of Iran exporting of finance corruption and scandal to the region countries!
    After bribes to the Karazi and Maliki and Assad, it got explored that they also bribes the Turkey authorities!!
    Maliki attacked to the Iranian refugee Liberty camp in Iraq and killed many that was supposed to be guarded by the USA and united nation.
    It looks supporting of Shia criminal regime of Syria and Iraq is part of agreement with the criminal regime of Iran!

    December 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Good grief Neda, you sound like a fully brainwashed Tea Partier! It is we Americans who are expanding into the Middle East and Central Asia, not the Iranians! Besides, remember what we did in Iran in 1953 through the unsavory activities if the C.I.A. by overthrowing Prime Minister Mohammad Mosedegh and installing the horrific Shah Reza Pahlavi? Do read your history books!!!

      December 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  4. Farhad

    Terrorism?!
    The government of Iraq is Shia the friend of Shia regime of Iran sending trained terrorists to the Syria to kill innocent Syrian.
    Naming the Iraqi people that tired of scandal and dictatorship of Iraq government terrorist is wishing of supreme leader in Iran.
    Stop supporting of criminal regimes of Iraq and Syria and Iran and support of people to get the real democracy.

    December 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Judge Jean Boyd of Ft. Worth, TX

      Well said, Farhad. We simply must have democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as every country in that part of the world and rid ourselves of these criminal regimes, we simply must!!!!!!!!

      December 28, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
  5. Marty

    Didn't I just read we are sending missiles and drone to Iraq? Wonder how long it will take for them to be used against U.S. troops?

    December 27, 2013 at 8:21 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Sorry Marty, for my failure to reply to your post above. My message was blocked!

      December 27, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  6. Donald George MacDonald

    Our United States citizens have always been told, “there are no diplomatic alternative left,” so our finest sons and daughters must again go to war as bravely as we did and our ancestors did.

    And our U.S. leaders have always pledged that our finest sons and daughters bravely sacrificed their lives in foreign nations for something..."for our further freedom and democracy at home."

    And our U.S. leaders and citizens still try to coerce more of our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes.

    And the U.S. has allocated $673 billion in "defense" spending for 2013.

    And our majority of citizens only parrot to others that U.S. global military strength and expansionism and weapons productions and weapons sales will make us safer when instead the opposite is surely true.

    And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from our foreign blunders.

    And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from those who fear U.S. global military expansionism and from those who covet our sold weapons of mass destruction and from those who despise the arrogance of U.S. actions and its failed foreign policies.

    December 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Good posting, Donald. Thank you.

      December 27, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
  7. Chris Asking Questions

    Why isn't this headline news on any of the CNN outlets?

    December 25, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      The answer to that question is quite simple, Chris. The right-wing news media simply doesn't want the public to know what a miserable failure our stupid interventionist policies really are!!! It's that simple! Enough of this ignominy!

      December 26, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
      • Greg Kells

        You call CNN a "right-wing" media outlet? CNN and most of the mainstream media are leftist, which is hardly relevant in a discussion about foreign intervention. The whole left and right paradigm in US politics is practically meaningless except in discussions about domestic fiscal policy. The left and right have been equally guilty of interventionist foreign policy.

        December 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  8. Donald George MacDonald

    And may there be
    peace on earth
    and
    good will toward all people in this world.

    December 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Unfortunately Donald, that doesn't appear to be in the cards as long as we follow our current policies abroad and keep expanding!

      December 26, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
  9. kuuiyjhghjhjgjhyutty24242424

    A CNN Y A LOS MEDIOS LES PEDIMOS NUNCA NOS ELIMINEN LOS TEXTOS YA QUE LAS VÍCTIMAS SON DETERIORADAS LAS 12 HORAS DEL DÍA.
    LA IDEA DE LOS TEXTOS ES QUE EL LECTOR LA REVISE Y PIENSE QUE ES ESTO Y ENTRE A LA PÁGINA DONDE SE ENCUENTRAN PRUEBAS SOBRE ESTOS CRÍMENES DE LOS 500.000 QUE TENEMOS EN BASES DE DATOS.
    POR LO QUE COACCIONADOS POR CRÍMENES DE ESTE TIPO A UTILIZAR MÉTODOS VERDADERAMENTE DESAGRADABLES A LAS HERRAMIENTAS QUE SOLEMOS UTILIZAR PARA INVESTIGACIONES EN EL ÁREA DE FÍSICA, ECONOMÍA, INGENIERÍA, MICROSCOPIA, ETC.
    TAMBIÉN LES RECORDAMOS A LOS POLÍTICOS QUE NUESTROS PROYECTOS NUESTROS GENES Y LA DATA QUE SE DERIVA DEL DETERIORO POR USO DE TECNOLOGÍAS DENUNCIADAS.
    PARA NOSOTROS Y USTEDES EL VALOR INCLUYE TODO EL CAPITAL QUE EXISTE EN EL PLANETA POR CONSIDERACIONES QUE INCLUYEN TODAS LAS ÁREAS DEL CONOCIMIENTO.
    IMPORTANTE PARA INVESTIGADORES INTERNACIONALES LOS COSTOS DE ESTAS INVESTIGACIONES SON BAJOS REALÍCENLAS DE MANERA PERIÓDICA YA QUE EN PERIODOS DE CADA 5 AÑOS APARECEN GRUPOS VENDIDOS DE HUMANOS, LUEGO AGENCIAS EN OPERACIONES ELIMINAN A POBLACIONES COMPLETAS DE TESTIGOS TRATANDO QUE SE OLVIDEN LOS CONTENIDOS REFERIDOS AL USO DE TECNOLOGÍAS SATELITALES E INVASIVAS.

    December 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  10. kuuiyuyiyutty24242424

    FEMINISMO ÉTICA Y LA MORAL DE LA ÉPOCA NAVIDEÑA.
    DÍAS EN LOS QUE NOS REUNIMOS PARA ESTAR CON LA FAMILIA SENTIRNOS TRANQUILOS QUERER A NUESTROS AMIGOS HIJOS ABUELOS.
    EN DIFERENTES LUGARES DEL MUNDO CASI TODO ESTÁN TRANQUILOS, PERO EN ALGUNOS OTRO COMO LATINO AMÉRICA POLÍTICOS SE ENCUENTRAN REALIZANDO ESTUDIOS DE LA RAZA HUMANA.
    PORQUE ESTOS POLÍTICOS REALIZAN ESTE TIPO DE VIOLACIONES A LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS.
    ESTA DEBERÍA SE LA REALIDAD DE LAS RELACIONES FAMILIARES.
    ES EL ESTÁNDAR.

    December 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  11. El Duderrino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

    I'm shocked! Not about the bombing in Iraq, but that there are still Christians living in Iraq.

    December 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • USMC1369

      There won't be for long El Duderrino, thanks to both George W. Bush and Tony Blair. As much as these thugs wanted to make Islam a thing of the past(and Barrack Obama still hopes to) they're succeeding to do that to Christianity in Iraq, not that they could care less!

      December 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  12. George patton

    So much for our "most glorious victory" in Iraq and how we turned that country into "the beacon of democracy" in the Middle East! Now let these warmongering idiots here try to tell that to the people of Iraq!!! This is exactly what ignorance leads to!

    December 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  13. alf564

    Hey CNN, why isn't this a headline about the secutar attack on CHRISTIANS in iraq??? Guess you don't want to offend your muslim readers ...DORKS !!!

    December 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • USMC1369

      I already know that CNN has no desire to offend the right-wingers in Washington, alf564. That is why these attacks in both Iraq and Afghanistan go under reported.

      December 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  14. alf564

    Just muslims doing what they do best...KILL !!!! They really hate Christians so this is just part of their daily agenda

    December 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply

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