Friday, May 21, 2010

Bagram - Nothing To See, Move Along

Hmmm...all I hear on the news about this is crickets.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents armed with rockets, grenades and suicide vests stormed the giant U.S.-run Bagram Air Field before dawn Wednesday, triggering an eight-hour firefight that killed an American contractor and at least 10 attackers and wounded nine U.S. service members.

As troops and contractors huddled in secure bunkers, the militants fired their weapons over American defenses into the base, according to Maj. Virginia McCabe, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces at Bagram. White smoke could be seen rising from the garrison as U.S. attack helicopters whirred overhead.

It was the second major Taliban assault in the Kabul area in as many days, breaking a nearly three-month lull in insurgent attacks around the Afghan capital. Eighteen people, including five U.S. soldiers and a Canadian colonel, were killed Tuesday in a suicide car bombing in Kabul

Courtesy of The Sniper...

Defense Tech adds:

The attack on Bagram was well coordinated, it was aimed at the main gate, most of the American casualties resulted from mortar fire into the base, Taliban suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate the base on motorcycles and some wore military style uniforms and chest rigs stuffed with grenades and AK-47 magazines. At least a couple of insurgents made it into a vehicle maintenance bay before they were killed, whether that meant they were technically inside the perimeter our sources were unable to confirm.

The insurgents likely came from the guerrilla force commanded by Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son Saraj, which operates in eastern and northern Afghanistan, sources say. The Haqqani network is based in the lawless Pakistani tribal regions along the border. In recent weeks, the network has been infiltrating platoon sized assault teams, 20–40 men, across the border, that then disperse to different targets.

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Daphne said...

I read the story.

The first news I look for every morning is on Afghanistan, the second, Iraq.

My cousin is serving in Afghanistan at the moment, his brother was there a few years back.

This war occupies many of my waking hours, Laura. I worry about our people stationed in that horrid corner of the world.

LauraB said...

I am sorry to know you are so impacted by the battles waging...we've a friend about to deploy and his family has already been dealing with his regular absence on special duty in country...

Would that we'd call this thing Done and have them home to deal with the battles here pending. But that's just the way they want it. Away, unaware. And then if they do manage to get home, it's tired and wanting nothing more than comfort and quiet.

Damnably foolish ROE right now, too. Thinking of that alone is enough to set me off...