Afganistan Bagram Airbase Attacked - 10 Insurgents Dead

Afganistan Bagram Airbase Attacked - 10 Insurgents Dead

Kabul : Afghanistan | May 19, 2010 at 8:18 AM PDT
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This morning ten insurgents are dead and seven U.S. soldier are wounded after a gutsy and brazen attack on Bagram Airbase. The Base is north of Kabul.

At 3:30am local time suicide bombers blew themselves up at the front gate of the giant U.S. Airfield. There was no confirmation on the number of suicide bombers, but a suggestion that there were four.

Insurgents fired rockets, small arms and grenades into Bagram Airbase, which is one of the largest military installations in Afghanistan.

The U.S. used helicopter gunships to fire into the surrounding fields. You can note from some of the pictures I have included of the Base what it's perimeter looks like.

According to a spokesman on the Airbase, the gunfire lasted for hours and subsided midday.

This was the second attack in the Kabul area. Yesterday a convoy was attacked which killed 5 U.S. soldiers and one Canadian soldier.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for both the attack in Kabul yesterday and the attack on Bagram Airbase. Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman said that 20 insurgents were involved in the attack.

Afghan Provincial Police Commander, Abdul Rahman Sayedkhail, said the attack began when U.S. guards spotted a car just outside the permimeter of the Bagram Airbase. Americans opened fire, triggering at least one suicide vest. U.S. troops hunted down the remaining attackers.

Earlier this month, the Taliban announced a spring offensive and they have certainly ramped up operations yesterday and today. While the cowardly attack yesterday during rush hour in Kabul may have succeeded in their minds, today's attack was foolhearted. At least the suicide vests were not initiated in a populated area.

Vigilance is the key to the Taliban tactics. This has now become a war of the minds. The operation today, while not very effective in penetrating the Base, has tied up valuable resources for hours.

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Bagram Air Base, One of the largest military installations in Afghanistan
Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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