Cheney escapes bomb attack

The resurgent Taliban attempt a strike against the vice president as he visits Afghanistan.

Published February 27, 2007 2:02PM (EST)

Taliban forces have claimed responsibility for a bombing at the U.S. military base where Vice President Dick Cheney was staying in Afghanistan. Casualty tolls are still fuzzy, ranging from four dead and 23 wounded to 15 dead and 12 wounded, but the bomb exploded far from Cheney, who was unhurt.

Cheney's visit to Afghanistan was, like so many visits of administration officials to the Middle East these days, shrouded in secrecy, as reporters who knew in advance of the visit were asked not to report it until after he had finished his much-publicized trip to neighboring Pakistan. After a two-hour meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, initially delayed because of snow, Cheney has now left the country.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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