DTN News: Afghanistan TODAY August 28, 2010 - Taliban Fighters, Some Disguised As American soldiers, Attack Two U.S. Bases Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including By Joshua Partlow and Javed Hamdard - Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, August 28, 2010; 7:58 AM
(NSI News Source Info) KABUL, Afghanistan - August 28, 2010: Insurgents disguised as American soldiers attacked two U.S. bases in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday morning and managed to breach the perimeter of one of them before being repelled, according to NATO and Afghan officials. The assault began at about 4 a.m., when dozens of Taliban fighters, some wearing U.S. military uniforms, launched simultaneous attacks on Forward Operating Base Salerno, in Khost province, and nearby Forward Operating Base Chapman, where a suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in December. They fired mortars or rockets, along with grenades and guns, and two insurgents entered FOB Salerno by cutting a hole in a fence, NATO officials said. No Afghan or U.S. troops died in the assault, but four NATO troops and an Afghan policeman were wounded, and a 12-year-old Afghan boy was killed, according to Gen. Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai, the police chief in Khost. The response to the attack was swift and deadly. Afghan security forces, along with U.S. troops, killed about 15 insurgents at FOB Salerno and six more at FOB Chapman, while three others were killed by an airstrike after they were spotted fleeing the scene of the attacks, NATO said. The attacks appeared to have been orchestrated by the Haqqani network, one of the most lethal Taliban factions, led by commander Sirajuddin Haqqani. His fighters operate primarily in eastern Afghanistan and have been responsible for violent attacks inside Kabul. NATO said a Haqqani network fighter named Mudasir was one of those killed in the assault on the bases. Insurgents have laid siege to other heavily fortified U.S. bases this year, such as Kandahar Airfield and Bagram Air Base. But such attacks are rare, and insurgents generally fail to cause significant damage to the installations.
Ishaqzai, the police chief, said 48 insurgents took part in the assault on the two Khost bases, including several armed with suicide vests. NATO said it recovered a car bomb, seven suicide vests, two recoilless rifles and other unexploded munitions. A Taliban spokesman, Zabuillah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack in text messages to local Afghan reporters. **Link to this article " Taliban Fighters, Some Disguised As American soldiers, Attack Two U.S. Bases - By Joshua Partlow and Javed Hamdard - Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, August 28, 2010; 7:58 AM "
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