Comments on the Suicide Bombing at a Shiite Shrine in Kabul

Ryan C. Crocker
Ambassador to Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
December 11, 2011

I am totally unaware of any Afghan affiliate. I've got to tell you, I personally doubt very much that there is such a thing. I do not see this turning into a sectarian conflict, just looking at the reactions on the part of the Shia leadership, calling for calm, saying we're all Afghans together - Tajiks, Uzbeks, Pashtuns. I mean, everybody was saying this isn't us.

 I'm not in a position to say authoritatively that this was carried out by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. They were a pretty seriously weakened organization when I was there (in Pakistan), so it could have been a consortium. But I don't think it was a consortium that was put together in this country.

In my relatively limited time here virtually every significant attack I'm aware of, where I've got some information, either came out of the tribal areas out of Pakistan or Baluchistan. I don't have any details on this one, but there does indeed seem to be a pattern.