Just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday local time, an explosion in the diplomatic neighborhood of Kabul put U.S. Embassy workers on high alert. "An alarm started going off at the U.S. Embassy, warning staff to take cover," the Associated Press reported just before midnight in the States. "Kabul police chief spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai says that there was some sort of attack in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood and he expected that there were casualties but he had no further details." NATO and local police had no idea what was going on either, but CBS News's sources say that two died after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive near the home of Afghanistan's chief Justice.
No matter which way you cut it, explosions near U.S. Embassies in that part of the world is the last thing that Obama and company need right now. As American troops struggle to get a handle on the ever escalating attacks by Afghan security forces on U.S. soldiers and international forces, attacks are on the rise across the country. A couple of weeks ago, several explosions across southern Afghanistan killed 20 people, and U.S. allies are already getting spooked about the prospect of pulling out in 2014.