Taliban Fighters Wearing US Uniforms Attack Afghan NATO Bases
August 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)—About 30 heavily-armed Taliban insurgents launched a raid on two NATO bases located in Khost province, Afghanistan on Saturday. The fighters, dressed in U.S. military uniforms, attacked Forward Operating Base Salerno and Camp Chapman, using heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, but NATO forces repelled the attacks, after a period of intense fighting, aided by airstrikes. There were no NATO casualties, but 24 insurgents were reported kiled and five captured, according to a statement released by the International Security Assistance Force.
The BBC has a detailed report:
The attacks on Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost province and nearby Camp Chapman began at about 0400 (2330 GMT). Two of the insurgents managed to breach the fence at Forward Operating Base Salerno and enter the compound, but were killed, a statement from Isaf said.
“Coalition forces had the two insurgents under surveillance and when they cut the fence a quick reaction force was dispatched to the location where they were killed immediately,” the statement said.
A truck filled with explosives was later discovered, likely planned for a suicide car-bombing attack on the NATO bases.
You may remember the deadly Taliban suicide bomber attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman last December, which resulted in the deaths of eight CIA employees. It was the single worst incident, since eight CIA employees were killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
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