5 UAE diplomats discussing Afghan aid projects killed in Kandahar blast

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    KABUL — The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday that five of its diplomats were killed in blasts the day before in the southern city of Kandahar, marking an unprecedented attack on foreign envoys in Afghanistan amid a string of bombings that left scores dead across the country.

    Three bombs exploded in quick succession inside a government compound hosting Afghan and Emirati officials, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor said. The stunning breach of security also killed the deputy governor and wounded the governor and UAE ambassador.

    The Kandahar region is a Taliban stronghold, but the militants denied responsibility for the explosions, instead blaming them on an “internal dispute” between Afghan government officials. The group often denies roles in attacks that could provoke a local backlash.

    The militants did, however, assert responsibility for two bomb attacks Tuesday in Kabul and the Helmand provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Together, those blasts killed more than 40 people and injured close to 100.

    It was the deadliest attack on UAE diplomats in that country's 45-year history, and struck at a nation with deep and complicated relations in Afghanistan.

    The UAE has given billions in aid to the Western-backed governments that took over after the Taliban fell in 2001. But, before that, the UAE was among the few nations that recognized the Taliban government, and the UAE’s financial hub, Dubai, has come under scrutiny as a haven for money funneled out of Afghanistan.

    The UAE also contributed combat troops to the NATO mission training Afghan security forces.

    The Emirati diplomats were in Kandahar, along with several other high-level Afghan officials, on a “humanitarian mission,” the UAE Foreign Ministry said. It added that the UAE government planned to finance a new technical institute and offer scholarships to Afghan students.

    The Emirates “mourn today the humanitarian efforts of the Emirates in Afghanistan,” Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of the Dubai emirate, wrote on Twitter. Those killed were “helping the weak, children, and the needy,” he said.

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered a special team of investigators, headed by his national security chief, to probe the attack.

    The security chief's spokesman, Tawab Ghorzang, said an initial investigation revealed that explosives were placed underneath couches in the building, which served as the governor's guesthouse.

    “This attack is against the national security of Afghanistan,” Ghorzang said.

    According to the Kandahar governor's spokesman, Samim Khpelawak, there were three blasts inside the two-story guesthouse, which has multiple layers of security and regularly hosts foreign dignitaries and senior Afghan officials.

    “There were screams, smoke and fire in the room. The power went out,” Khpelawak, who escaped with minor injuries, said by phone.

    Kandahar's provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, told reporters that construction was recently completed on part of the building, suggesting that the bombs may have been smuggled in by laborers. Raziq was also at the compound when the bombs exploded, and his comments were aired on a local television channel Wednesday.

    A former Taliban official, Waheed Mozdah, said the Taliban was unlikely to have targeted the UAE, which once recognized its government.

    Taliban leaders “have close ties with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates,” said Mozdah, who now works as a political analyst. “It's unlikely that they would target Arab diplomats.”

    The U.S. Embassy in Kabul condemned the attacks, calling them “heinous” and “cowardly.”

    “We believe Afghanistan deserves peace and security — not deliberate and murderous attacks that victimize innocent Afghans who serve their fellow citizens,” the U.S. chargé d’affaires, Ambassador Hugo Llorens, said in a statement.

    Still, the attack on a such a secure compound — as well as the bombings in two other major cities Tuesday — heightened fears over Afghanistan's deepening political and security crises, even as it grapples with the withdrawal of foreign troops and a sinking economy.

    Taliban insurgents have expanded their attacks in cities as Afghan security forces struggle to curb the fighting. The United States announced this month it would send an additional 300 Marines to Helmand, also in the south, to advise and assist Afghan troops in the province.

    Roughly 10,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, training Afghan forces and carrying out counterterrorism operations.

    Cunningham reported from Istanbul. Heba Habib in Stockholm contributed to this report.

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    Strange! Gift to UAE from Pakistan for befriending India?
     
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    Look like our western neighbour is up for something .If they are all doing this because of their new Chinese friend then they are looking for real trouble.
     
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    Probably just payback for joining the Republic Day parade.
     
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    Until the Gulf Countries start to directly feel the heat from Pakistani terrorism, nothing will change.
     
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    Pakistan is their hired gun, sometimes gali ka gunda (small time goons) try to harm the master in anger but when they need money they just bend down on knees come down crawling like a good puppy so nothing will change in middle east.

    Have you seen how larger than life, multiple nishan-e-haider family, super duper reputed and more powerful than almighty, Raheel Sharif bend on knees for Arab money? :D

    Pakistani creatures are way too simple to understand, not a single right at the top to the bottom, not one person got any morality, decency and will sell their mother for money/acknowledgement from Arabs.

    With Chinese enslaving such a baigairat kaum its a real challenge to the world, they can use them for anything and for right price Pakistanis will never say no. I am not being unfair or irrational here, but if their most celebrated general can do this, rest assure the moral barrier/liability for common man/jihadi is way too low.
     
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    This is basically about increasing friendship with India, perhaps cracking down on assets of anti India groups, republic day parade, etc. Pakiis probably meant it to be a warning, with the intention to cause panic or at the most injure, but overshot it by killing diplomats.
     
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    How UAE going to react ?
     
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    Out of all the GCC countries UAE has always remained "untouched".
    UAE's reaction is predictable since it follows its big brother KSA.
    Do not expect a "reaction" since Raheel sharif is now gonna head their coalition.
     
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    Raheel Sharif may not head their coalition now, from two days a massive PR propaganda and backtracking is done by Army pet journos in Pakistan to save Raheel image and they are now saying it is just a proposal and trying to say that Raheel wants this and that, you know all good stuff and he won't head if those conditions are not meet.

    The conditions claimed to be presented by Raheel Sharif are hilarious, the only thing he didnt ask is to be King of KSA else he asked everything to head that coalition and KSA wont give that so Raheel dropped that post. Background is being prepared for his denying the post after he was ripped naked by many jurnos in Pak media who were waiting for opportunity.
     
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    Raheel or not UAE won't react, coz that would be like adding to it woes.
    Some talks and discussions later the issue will be solved.
     
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    I know they wont react, I said that few posts above :) but chances are less that Raheel will join that coalition anymore else this massive campaign in Pak media to save Raheel and prepare background wont be launched.


    Offtopic: I need some help, some info regarding UAE if you dont mind can we talk somewhere for few minutes?
     
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    Sure. No issues.

    I'm in India for a week though.
     
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    Nobody negotiates with the Taliban except through GHQ....
     
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    Pakistan has some influence in GCC.Only Muslim nation that having nukes and they also have Pak origins security forces in Arab nations .
     
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    may be that s the reason behind "touching" the UAE
    they need UAE funds in coalition .
     
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