Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sucks to be Hamad Karzai


It truly sucks to be Afghanistan's president who happens to be Hamad Karzai. Just this Sunday, he was subject to another attempted assassination. Read below to see a brief history of the dangers he has faced.

April 27, 2008 — Militants open fire with automatic weapons and rockets on a ceremony in Kabul marking the 16th anniversary of the fall of the communist regime in Afghanistan. Karzai, Cabinet ministers and ambassadors flee for cover. Nine people are wounded including two lawmakers. The Taliban claims responsibility for the attack.

June 10, 2007 — Taliban militants fire six rockets that land near a school yard where Karzai is meeting with local leaders and residents in Andar district, Ghazni province. No one is hurt. Karzai continues his speech despite the attack before returning to Kabul.

Sept. 17, 2004 — Militants fire rockets at an American helicopter taking Karzai to the eastern city of Gardez, in Paktia province, missing the chopper as it approached a landing zone. No one is hurt.

Sept. 9, 2002 — A former Taliban fighter dressed in an Afghan army uniform fires toward Karzai as he travels in a motorcade in the city of Kandahar. Karzai is unharmed but the Kandahar Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai is wounded. The attacker is killed by Karzai's American bodyguards. Two other people who tried to disarm the attacker are also killed.

International Tribune

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