CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2009

Deaths in Afghanistan (December 2009)

Materials presented in chronological order.

Warrick, Joby. "Suicide Bomber Attacks CIA Base in Afghanistan, Killing at least 8 Americans." Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, "[a] suicide bomber blew himself up [on 30 December 2009] inside an Afghan military base used by the CIA, killing at least eight Americans.... The blast also wounded eight people, several of them seriously." Forward Operating Base Chapman in the eastern province of Khost "serves as an operations and surveillance center for the CIA near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border." See also, Alissa J. Rubin and Mark Mazzetti, "Afghan Suicide Bomber Killed C.I.A. Operatives," New York Times, 31 Dec. 2009.

CNN. "Panetta Releases Statement on CIA Casualties." 31 Dec. 2009. [http://www.cnn.com]

"CIA  Director Leon Panetta has released a statement on the suicide bombing in Afghanistan [on 30 December 2009] that killed seven CIA employees.... Full statement from the CIA....

"CIA Director Leon E. Panetta informed the Agency workforce [on 31 December 2009] that seven of their colleagues were killed and six others were injured on [30 December 2009] at a Forward Operating Base in Khost Province, Afghanistan. The casualties were the result of a terrorist attack.

"'Those who fell yesterday were far from home and close to the enemy, doing the hard work that must be done to protect our country from terrorism.... We owe them our deepest gratitude, and we pledge to them and their families that we will never cease fighting for the cause to which they dedicated their lives -- a safer America.'

"'Families have been our Agency's first priority.... Before sharing this information with anyone else, we wanted to be in contact with each of them. This is the most difficult news to bear under any circumstances, but that it comes during the holidays makes it even harder. In coming days and weeks, we will comfort them and honor their loved ones as a family. They are in our thoughts and prayers -- now and always.'

"Due to the sensitivity of their mission and other ongoing operations, neither the names of those killed nor the details of their work are being released at this time.

"'Yesterday's tragedy reminds us that the men and women of the CIA put their lives at risk every day to protect this nation.... Throughout our history, the reality is that those who make a real difference often face real danger.'

"Director Panetta credited US military doctors and nurses with saving the lives of those wounded in the attack. In honor and memory of the dead, he requested that the flags at CIA Headquarters be flown at half-staff."

Panetta's statement is available at: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/cia-casualties-in-afghanistan.html.

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