Breaking: Taliban suicide attack on US consulate in Peshawar

posted at 10:31 am on April 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

According to NBC, the Taliban sent a series of suicide bombers in an attack on the US consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan today. Two security guards were killed in the attack, but no American officials were harmed. NBC reports that none of the bombers breached the perimeter:

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However, Stratfor has the damage as much greater, with as many as 36 people dead:

One attacker was able to blow up in the U.S. Consulate premises, AAJ TV reported April 5. The front side of the U.S. Consulate has been totally destroyed. Reports indicate that seven or eight security personnel in the consulate are dead. The consulate’s communication system is down.

Reports in the first couple of hours after an attack tend to be rather contradictory; Stratfor’s is contradictory within itself, as their original report indicated 36 people had been killed. The update, quoted above, moved that number down to eight, although it also was more specific about them being “security personnel.” The scenes shown by NBC in this clip tend to support the less-dramatic damage assessment, but that could be misleading as well. As more comes out, I’ll update the post.

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Breaking? About 12 hours ago while everyone here recovers from their Easter hang over.

Skandia Recluse on April 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM

And we want to negotiate with them in Afghanistan?

changer1701 on April 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Wasn’t this really just a matter of time?

bernzright777 on April 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM

The response to this will be telling. Gird your loins, again.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM

The Long War

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 10:38 AM

OT: Rasmussen is making me weep. -7! Ugh.

andy85719 on April 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Northwest Pakistan has to be a lovely place for a State Dept. worker to be assigned.

Mark1971 on April 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM

The Japanese seemed to have a problem with suicide attacks in WWII and consider what it took to make them stop. Consider what it took to convince them not to relapse. Consider the difference in the intellect. Consider how many people WE lost in the process not to mention their losses. Consider the dire nature of this “war” we’re in.

LarryG on April 5, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Host country nationals serving as security guards and other embassy/consulate staff are often the first casualties in these types of attacks. Prayers for the victims and their families.

Christien on April 5, 2010 at 10:41 AM

The Long War

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 10:38 AM

These people are barbarians and until they are treated as such and eradicated like the vermin that they are we will have to keep fighting. Surgical strikes are only temporary.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Actual Department reports are that at this time only 3 security personnel have been killed in the blast. These security personnel are not Americans, but locally contracted security that you find at every Embassy and Consulate around the world. No Americans have been killed and communications is up, unlike what this report says. Communications never went down.

The 36 number maybe misinterpreted because not all of the Foreign Service National staff (locally employeed staff) have yet to be accounted for. There could be many reasons for this other than death. The perimeter was never breached, but there are some unexploded ordianance on the compound that is currently being detonated to clear the area. This hampers the accounting.

DoS_Conservative on April 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Don’t worry. In a couple days, Obama will show up without a tie and give some shout outs to his politically correct friends. Then he might mention this incident.

Daggett on April 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM

There seems to be some linkage that we don’t want to address involving Iranians. Do we really think that the Iraqi’s, Iranians, Afghanistani’s and Pakistani’s wouldn’t find common cause to attack us.

fourdeucer on April 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Surgical strikes are only temporary.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I fear this war is a temporary fix.

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM

The response to this will be telling. Gird your loins, again.
thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Was that rhetorical flourish?

antisocial on April 5, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The input filter won’t let me link to Pakistani papers but the mass casualties are from another attack on a political rally that doesn’t involve any US personnel.

Since there weren’t any Easter Sunday tornadoes to report, US media took the day off, it being a slow news day and all, and are slow to get caught up with the rest of the world.

Skandia Recluse on April 5, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I fear this war is a temporary fix.

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM

The only way to deal with barbarians is with more severe barbarism and the UN would never allow that to happen. The UN is the reason these vermin can’t be exterminated.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Was that rhetorical flourish?

antisocial on April 5, 2010 at 10:54 AM

OK

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM

How about getting a little more serious in that theater? Take no prisoners, and worry less about collateral damage! Your either in a war or you’re not!

GFW on April 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Take no prisoners, and worry less about collateral damage! Your either in a war or you’re not!

GFW on April 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Well unfortunately, you have to worry about collateral damage. Kill civilians, and people get pissed. When you’re trying to build a nation, you can’t throw collateral caution to the wind. It’ll just impede your own progress.

It’s a suck situation all around. The talibs love to hide amongst civvies.

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 11:06 AM

unexpected…but still Bush’s fault.

right2bright on April 5, 2010 at 11:07 AM

It’s a suck situation all around. The talibs love to hide amongst civvies.

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Like it or not civilians die in war, and if the enemy hides among the innocents the blood of the innocents is on their hands.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Like it or not civilians die in war, and if the enemy hides among the innocents the blood of the innocents is on their hands.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I don’t disagree with that at all. But what we think doesn’t matter. If we throw all caution to the wind in terms of civilian deaths, we are doing the mission there a disservice, and taking away from the progress it may make. There has to be some sort of balance struck.

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM

blatanblue, I hear what you saying, but we are dealing with barbarians here. They are now sending female sucide bombers to do their dirty work. How do we counter that? By being nice? They’re throwbacks to the stone age.

Do we go full bore and kill anyone and anything in sight and strike total fear in them? I don’t know.

Mirimichi on April 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM

The civilian population the enemy hides among are actually a support for the enemy. Thinking otherwise is folly. The rest of the world dislikes America due to the propaganda ministers from the UN and they are not going to like us because we try to avoid killing the Jr. Jihadi’s. They will find some BS reason to denigrate us. The vitriol from these people has quieted down with Ogabe in the WH in hopes that he will acquiesce to their whims.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Take no prisoners, and worry less about collateral damage! Your either in a war or you’re not!

GFW on April 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM

During the closing weeks of the war in Europe, when the German army was collapsing, US Commanders would send a messenger into towns and villages to warn them that the US Army was approaching and they would tolerate no monkey business. Town leaders were informed that if anyone fired at the troops their town would be leveled, period. The US Army had to level only one single town in the final drive into Germany. Word got around really, really quickly. That is how a war should be fought. Unfortunately we can no longer do that.

Johnnyreb on April 5, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Do we go full bore and kill anyone and anything in sight and strike total fear in them? I don’t know.

Mirimichi on April 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM

The only way to defeat barbarians is to out barbarian them, sad but true. There is no point on which they are willing to negotiate other than surrendering to their death cult.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:22 AM

That is how a war should be fought. Unfortunately we can no longer do that.

Johnnyreb on April 5, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Fighting war in any other fashion is unconscionable.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Interesting history lesson on how Ghengis Khan handled similar problems in the region, not saying we should be that draconian, but it worked for him.

Daveyardbird on April 5, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Do we go full bore and kill anyone and anything in sight and strike total fear in them? I don’t know.

Mirimichi on April 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I don’t know either. I don’t advocate being nice at all.

The civilian population the enemy hides among are actually a support for the enemy.

Valid point, but I don’t think it speaks for all. How many people are forced to be around the talibs, particularly out of fear for their lives in regions the taliban controls?

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Let the terrorists know that their LOVED ones will be targeted for death if they commit to suicide bombing. This is archaic and crude but effective. How else do you fight people who are willing to die to murder? Most “muslim” terrorists have large families so this could be an avenue to curb these murderers.

royzer on April 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM

“Well unfortunately, you have to worry about collateral damage. Kill civilians, and people get pissed. When you’re trying to build a nation, you can’t throw collateral caution to the wind. It’ll just impede your own progress.”

I would add; we have no business nation building either! We will end up with Islamic nations that hate the USA, and will diligently work toward our downfall.

GFW on April 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I would add; we have no business nation building either! We will end up with Islamic nations that hate the USA, and will diligently work toward our downfall.

GFW on April 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM

These people do need to have the fear of Allah instilled in them that if they shelter groups of killers who are plotting against the US it is in their best interest to rat the killers out or face the consequences.

thomasaur on April 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM

“Well unfortunately, you have to worry about collateral damage. Kill civilians, and people get pissed. When you’re trying to build a nation, you can’t throw collateral caution to the wind. It’ll just impede your own progress.”

I would add; we have no business nation building either! We will end up with Islamic nations that hate the USA, and will diligently work toward our downfall.

GFW on April 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Viet Cong ———————————> Taliban
Wining hearts and minds———————-> Nation building

This is another insurgent war and we are stumbling into another abject failure. Combat forces are designed to fight and win, not to conduct social work operations.

rplat on April 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM

not to conduct social work operations.

rplat on April 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM

word
and I fear that we’ll be unable to reverse the centuries old traditions in that country. I do think the women are the future there, though.

blatantblue on April 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Johnnyreb on April 5, 2010 at 11:20 AM

That’s how we should deal with the Iranian nuke problem.

Tell them that after xx/xx/xxxx we will take out these specific facilities. If you want to live, evacuate.

And then, do it.

davidk on April 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

But with the Taliban in Whatev’stan.

Where are their supply lines? Blowing up bombs with bigger bombs is a beautiful thing.

davidk on April 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM

How about using our ultimate weapon? If you don’t stop attacking us we’ll vote to make Obamacare care mandatory for all of Afghanistan.

MaiDee on April 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Oops I meant Pakistan.

MaiDee on April 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM

More aid for Pakistan!

Our Muslim masters need it!

Consider it as the Islamic jizyah (tax on unbelievers) owed by us infidel dogs to our Mohammedan overloards.

We must submit!

1350 years of successful Islamic expansionism can’t be wrong!

profitsbeard on April 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM

OK< so the Pakistani Taliban attack the U.S. Consulate and do little damage inside the perimeter. They apparently may have killed some Pakistani Security there.

At another location the Pakistani Taliban attack Pakistani civilians that are protesting the Taliban and reportedly kill over 30 of them.

To me this looks like the efforts of the Taliban are pushing the Pakistani people ever closer to the U.S. in their outlook. The Taliban was stupid enough to make simultaneous attacks on both the people of Pakistan and the U.S. giving them a common cause.

I would like to remind the liberals posting here that the overzealous attacks by Al Qaeda in Iraq did as much to bring the Sunni Muslims to the side of the U.S. and win the war than the Americans themselves. But the extremists never figure this out.

While Al Qaeda and the Taliban try to portray the Americans as the enemy, they exercise cruelty and barbarism in efforts to purify the people. They continue to drive the Iraqis and Pakistanis toward the U.S. with every act of terrorism they commit upon the people they claim to be liberating. At the point where living under the rule of the Taliban becomes more terrifying than opposing them, then America and our allies will win. We just have to be kind to the Pakistani people wait long enough for the Taliban to alienate them.

But it will be harder in southern Afghanistan. In Helmand and some other provinces the Taliban is the local government. So removing them will be difficult.

Hawthorne on April 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM

But with the Taliban in Whatev’stan.

Where are their supply lines? Blowing up bombs with bigger bombs is a beautiful thing.

davidk on April 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Most of their bombs are plastic explosives or nitrate (fertilizer) bombs from what I understand. Blowing them up would take superb intelligence from inside of the insurgent camps. You would have to know where and when. That is not easy to manage.

Hawthorne on April 5, 2010 at 6:12 PM