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75 Taliban Killed In Direct Attack On Afghan Base

From their deeply saddened fans at the Associated Press:

US soldiers line up for lunch in Camp Anaconda, northwestern of Baghdad, August 2005.

Taliban launch frontal attack on base

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press Writer

GHAZNI, Afghanistan – A group of 75 Taliban militants tried to overrun a U.S.-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a rare frontal attack that left more than 20 militants dead, the coalition said in a statement.

The insurgents attacked Firebase Anaconda from three sides, using gunfire, grenades and 107 mm rockets, the coalition said. A joint Afghan-U.S. force repelled the attack with mortars, machine guns and air support.

“Almost two dozen insurgents were confirmed killed in the attack,” the statement said. Two girls and two Afghan soldiers were wounded during the fight in Uruzgan province, it said.

A firebase like Anaconda is usually a remote outpost staffed by as few as several dozen soldiers.

“The inability of the insurgent forces to inflict any severe damage on Firebase Anaconda, while being simultaneously decimated in the process, should be a clear indication of the ineffectiveness of their fighters,” said Army Capt. Vanessa R. Bowman, a coalition spokeswoman…

Great news. In fact the Taliban were more than “decimated.” It sure sounds like these terrorist thugs are getting desperate.

But one wonders why the AP left out any mention of “civilians.” Surely there were “civilians” among the numbers attacking the base.

They weren’t all wearing Taliban uniforms, were they? 

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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