Teen Stabbed US Soldier as He Played With Afghan Kids
Youth flees to Pakistan, joins Taliban
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2013 11:10 AM CDT
This undated U.S. Army photo, shows Sgt. Michael C. Cable, 25, of Philpot, Ky. during his deployment in Afghanistan.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – An Afghan teenager killed an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children, officials revealed today. Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, was guarding Afghan and US officials meeting in a province near the border with Pakistan when the stabbing occurred last Wednesday, two senior US officials said. The attacker is thought to be about 16 years old.

The attack occurred after the soldiers had secured the area for the meeting, a swearing-in ceremony of Afghan Local Police. The soldier was playing with a group of children outside when the attacker came from behind and stabbed him in the neck with a large knife, said a local official, adding that the young man then escaped to nearby Pakistan. A Taliban spokesman says the youth was acting independently at the time, but has since joined the militant movement. At least 14 US soldiers died in March, compared with four in the previous two months, according to an AP tally.

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Invince
Apr 2, 2013 5:43 AM CDT
A VC copycat, just stop wining about the collateral damage of the drone, this criminal and the Ta,ban Pakistan afganistan agitators and instigators must be dealt with immediately and with full force to send message back to them, doesnot matter if they Were hiding behind their children or their holy walls...there will be no peace for the west with or without democracy in such people and their society.
derbypie1911
Apr 2, 2013 12:18 AM CDT
I hate hearing stories like this, I will be glad when we get all our people out of there if ever. Sure they have hard feelings that will never change. Really been upsetting all these years, of all our people killed and hurt, by all these wars, with hoping they have a democratic society with better feelings towards us. But that's a wish and a dream!
iq145
Apr 1, 2013 10:09 PM CDT
At least 14 US soldiers died in March, yet a certain someone STILL thinks they can be our ally? And that we should keep "helping" people in a country where a random child will randomly and willingly kill a random American just because?