For second time in history, CIA suffers 8 deaths in a day [updated]

US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, after the April 18, 1983 bombing

US Beirut mission

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.

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4 Responses to For second time in history, CIA suffers 8 deaths in a day [updated]

  1. Anonymous says:

    In some ways it seems fitting that the names of the dead agents are not released. Since we will never know the names of the 1000s that the CIA has killed or helped kill, it seems only right that the agents themselves remain nameless and faceless. Perhaps they could be buried in an unmarked grave as well.

  2. Anonymous CIA says:

    I, too, would remain anonymous if I were to degrade the work of true heroes willing to take the fight to the cowards who commit despicable acts of terrorism and wage war against civilians.
    The work of the CIA is intended to precent the spilling of more innocent blood. God bless these fallen American heroes and God Bless America.

  3. President Obama says:

    “These brave Americans were part of a long line of patriots who have made great sacrifices for their fellow citizens, and for our way of life.”

    “The United States would not be able to maintain the freedom and security that we cherish without decades of service from the dedicated men and women of the CIA.”

  4. gratis says:

    Very interesting and useful information, thanks!

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