Insurgents Attack Two NATO Bases in Afghanistan

Insurgents Attack Two NATO Bases in Afghanistan

Insurgents Attack Two NATO Bases in Afghanistan

Last week, insurgents in Afghanistan attacked two NATO bases prior to dawn.  Officials say the insurgents caused little damage, and were easily kept at bay.

The attacks happened around 3 a.m., as many citizens were getting up for early morning prayer.  The two bases, located near Khost, are roughly 60 miles away from Kabul, and are in an area known to be a hotbed of Taliban activity.  The second of the bases, Camp Chapman, was the same base that was attacked by a suicide bomber in December, which left seven members of the CIA dead.

During this round of attacks, the insurgents took the brunt of the damage.  At least 14 insurgents were killed and five more were captured.  Locale police believe it is likely more insurgents would be found dead.  It appears the attack was the work of the Haqqani Network, which is known to have strong ties to al-Qaida, and has been accused of the frequent raids across the border of Pakistan.  Nearly 50 insurgents took part in the attack, and used rifles, machine guns, and rocket-propelled grenades to launch the assault.

In a separate incident, NATO mistakenly fired on a private security vehicle after they came under attack from Taliban fire.  The incident left two men from the private security forces dead.  The incident is currently under investigation.

Last Friday, homemade bombs were responsible for the death of three American troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan.  The deaths bring the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan up to 35 for the month of August.  Last month marked the deadliest month in the country for U.S. troops as 55 lost their lives in July.


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