CIA exposed by frontline role along Afghanistan and Pakistan border Suicide bombing of mountain base highlights agency's increasingly militaristic role in the region Buzz up! Digg it Ed Pilkington guardian.co.uk, Friday 1 January 2010 22.34 GMT Article history The suicide bombing of a CIA base in a remote mountain region of Afghanistan this week highlights the agency's increasingly militaristic role in the region. The base was a key part of the secret US mission to kill militant leaders across the border with Pakistan using unmanned drone aircraft. Seven CIA operatives were killed in the bombing and several more seriously injured. The blast on Wednesday in Khost province is the second most deadly in the CIA's history, eclipsed only by the 1983 bombing of the US embassy in Beirut in which eight employees died. Among the dead was the head of the CIA team, a woman described as a veteran of the agency's secret intelligence operations. The team was based at Forward Operating Base Chapman, a camp once used by the Afghan army but now a central planning point for the US drone war. More http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/01/cia-afghanistan-suicide-bomber-taliban?