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Nine insurgents, two of them suicide bombers, launched an early morning attack on a US base in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, officials said.
Two bombers blew up their explosive-laden vehicle at the main gate of the base -- the entrance to Jalalabad airport too Â-- paving the way for seven other armed insurgents to start a four-hour gun-battle with foreign and Afghan troops stationed there.
Two civilians have been killed and four others wounded in the gunfire, police sources told TOLOnews.
Afghan and Nato forces have not suffered any casualties, local officials said.
The Afghan and Nato forces were able to gun down all the attackers by 9:30am local time.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance cleaning the way for several others to make their way onto the base.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-12-02 01:17||
#3 glorious victory for the Talibunnies!
Posted by Frank G 2012-12-02 11:22||
#4 Is there a " Wireless Free Zone" of unknown depth for scanning and detonating on approaches? If there isn't, there should be. They could call it the kill zone.
Posted by Solomon Protector of the Texans5923 2012-12-02 15:25||
#5 The Pakistanis are upset we targeted one of their own. Mullah Nazir.
Posted by Hupusosing Grinese3585 2012-12-02 18:02||
#6 I'll never understand or comprehend their willingness to blow themselves up. It just boggles my mind how they continue to find people to do this when the results are so minimal
Posted by Yosemite Sam 2012-12-02 18:17||
They believe they are fighting for Islam against the Jews/Christians.
Posted by Hupusosing Grinese3585 2012-12-02 18:25||
#8 Sam, Pakistan has no withdrawl date from Afghanistan, we do.
What's the old joke, the North Vietnamese won because they didn't have an exit strategy.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-12-02 18:30||
#9 I'll never understand or comprehend their willingness to blow themselves up.
As I believe the ancient Aztecs were also really big into human sacrifices just like Islam - and they had willing 'victims' as well. (and no doubt unwilling victims as well).
As I recall back then the victim's had their every desire met right up until the heart was ripped out.
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-12-02 19:49||
#10 I'll never understand or comprehend their willingness to blow themselves up
YS, this trait comes under the biological heading of choosing not to have progeny. This includes being gay, being celibate etc. It comes from nature i.e it is natural (sui gereris) which means it's in the genes and not under rational control. As it is in the genes it means it is not confines to humans but can go deep down to, for instance bees and ants. It might help explain why some bees give up their right to breed to enhance the continuation of the hive.I.e it goes against the selfish gene hypothesis.
As its in the genes it's easy to call up, simply show that it will help the community.
All you need to do is set the scene and "volunteers" will put themselves forward. See kamikaze pilots.
Posted by tipper 2012-12-02 22:48||
#11 The base is home to the Afghan Air Force training center, and may also (by now) house many of the other training schools for the Air Force. It has been heavily refurbed and was to have become the jewel of the Afghan Air Force.