April 15, 2010

THEY HAVE TO BE LUCKY EVERY DAY...:

The suicide mission that went all wrong (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 4/15/10, Asia Times)

The attack on the United States consulate in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), on April 5 was a combined operation of several militant groups with support from renegade elements of the lower cadre of the security apparatus, Asia Times Online's investigations reveal.

The attack, in which five people were killed, as well as the six attackers, could have been a bigger blow to the US Central Intelligence Agency than the operation in Khost in Afghanistan in December 2009 had it not been for two unforeseen incidents [...]

The suicide attack had destroyed the APC as planned, but a big chunk of the engine had been sent flying all the way to Delta Barrier, where it lodged in the security barrier. The suicide bomb also instantly killed two people on a passing motorcycle, which careened into the militants' vehicle. This caused them to lose valuable minutes before they set off for Delta Barrier.

Once they reached this second security check point and had cleared the guards with their assorted weapons fire, they were further delayed as they struggled to clear the heavy and hot engine chunk from their path.

By this time the internal security of the consulate was rushing to the scene. The militants began to confront them, but in the heat of the moment one of them detonated his suicide vest, killing all of the militants.

The goal of penetrating one of the most important CIA bases in the region was dramatically and abruptly brought to a bloody end.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 15, 2010 5:58 AM
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