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Children killed in Green Village attack; tension between Secret Service and Karzai security

President Barack Obama visited ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. Obama presented a total of ten Purple Hearts, three of them to soldiers in ICU. [Photo: Pete Souza; US Army website]Late Tuesday evening (U.S. time), messages began to flow about the attacks in Kabul after President Barack Obama’s departure.

As U.S. media published accounts of MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews’ praise for Obama, journalists positioned in Afghanistan were reporting (via social media) the Taliban’s announcement of a new spring offensive dubbed Al-Farooq and the deaths of children in a suicide bombers' attack.

Matthews said of Obama’s visit, "It was right out of Henry V actually, a touch of Barry, in this case, in the night for those soldiers risking their lives over there..."

At Shahamat, a website for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, numerous deaths of those described as “puppets” and “invaders” were praised. The numbers on that page do not mesh with numbers reported by media in the West.

Taliban claimed “more than 43 invaders” were killed in the Kabul attacks on Tuesday. Shahamat said:

“The operation was planned hurriedly after finding out about Obama’s ‘surprise visit’ to Afghanistan what was secret visit about which Mujahideen came to know in the later hours of last night and, as a result, ‘the Green Village’ one of the most important and heavily-guarded military base of so-called ISAF, was the quickest target for Mujahideen to smash.”

Shahamat said of the spring offensive, “With pure divine intentions and exemplary determination, our lives are cheaply sacrificed for the defense and service of our oppressed nation while delivering falsehood extinguishing blows to the enemy.”

A war reporter whose Twitter name is Combat Journalist [@combatjourno] said some of the Tuesday attackers were wearing burkhas. Attackers dress as women for obvious reasons—security measures are less intense because of the gender divide in the country.

On Thursday, Combat Journalist said 2 NATO service members were killed in “an IED explosion in Eastern Afghanistan today.” ISAF confirmed his claim.

A Taliban operative told The Wall Street Journal Obama wasn’t “welcome” in Afghanistan. "When he is in Afghanistan, we want him to hear the sound of explosions. Afghanistan does not want his imposed strategy."

Obama has welcomed dialog with Taliban.

The International Security Assistance Forces said all “insurgents” involved in the attack on Tuesday had been killed.

The Associated Press reported approximately 24 people killed, based on reports from local officials in the Green Village area.

Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, said, “Another attack by the insurgency that resulted in the deaths of innocent Afghan civilians, with most of that being children from a nearby school."

ISAF has not confirmed a total of the dead yet.

Subel Bhandari, a wire journalist in Afghanistan said via Twitter, “Some tension betwn Karzai's PPS & Obama's Secret Service during his visit to Kabul.”

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(Filed by Kay B. Day/May 2, 2012)

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