Taliban spokesman Qari Mohmmad Yusuf Ahmadi says his group was responsible for Wednesday’s bombing in Kandahar that claimed the lives of four Canadian soldiers and Calgary-based journalist Michelle Lang. Ahmadi told the Associated Press on Thursday the Taliban was also responsible for an attack against a U.S. military base in the eastern part of Afghanistan that killed eight American civilians, some of whom were reportedly working for the C.I.A., along with one Afghan. Retired major general Lewis Mackenzie CTV’s Canada AM the Taliban likely recognized the shock value of pulling off brazen attacks during the holidays. “They know that the centre of gravity of this mission, which is the minds of the Canadian public, is pretty vulnerable at this time of year while we enjoy our holiday season,” he said.
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