For second time in history, CIA suffers 8 deaths in a day [updated]
December 31, 2009 4 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
Update: The CIA now says that seven, not eight, of the “Agency’s workforce” died in the Khost suicide attack. There is, however, some confusion as to the status of the bomber himself, with some Taliban sources in Afghanistan claiming he was already operating as a CIA informant.
Since it emerged last night that eight CIA agents were killed in a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan, intelNews has received several emails asking whether the deaths marked a horrific record for the US spy agency. The unnamed agents were reportedly killed along with at least one Afghan civilian at the US-operated Forward Operating Base Chapman, close to the Pakistani border. The CIA is not known for forwarding details on its agents who perish while on missions around the world. But there is at least one other known instance when the Agency lost eight of its operatives in one day: on April 18, 1983, eight CIA personnel were among the 17 Americans who lost their lives at the bombing of the US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The bombing, which marked the deadliest attack on a US diplomatic mission up to that time, has been attributed to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Up until last night, the CIA had officially admitted to 90 deaths of its personnel “in the line of duty”. The Agency has publicly released fifty-five names of dead CIA agents, while 35 names (43 as of today) remain secret.