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9 US Killed In Attack On Afghan Outpost

From an overjoyed Associated Press:

9 Americans killed in attack in Afghanistan

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S. troops on Monday reinforced a remote military outpost after well-armed militants got inside and killed nine American soldiers in the deadliest assault on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in three years.

Sunday’s assault has deepened doubts about the U.S. military’s ability to contain Islamic militants. Attacks in Afghanistan are becoming more complex, intense and better coordinated than a year ago, U.S. officials say.

Militants with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars attacked the remote base in the village of Wanat in the mountainous northeastern province of Kunar at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, with insurgents firing from homes and a mosque.

It was a "concerted attempt" to overrun the small base near the Pakistan border that was built only about three days ago, said an official with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information, estimated the attacking force was several hundred.

An unknown number of militants got inside the outpost, the reason the fighters were able to inflict such high casualties, said a second military official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

After the breach, U.S. troops pushed back against the invading militants, and attack helicopters swooped in. The second official said more than 40 insurgents were killed in the fighting. Fifteen U.S. soldiers also were wounded…

NATO confirmed nine of its soldiers had been killed and 15 wounded. A Western official said the nine dead were Americans, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the troops’ nationalities. Four Afghan soldiers also were wounded, NATO said…

One wonders how many of these "militants" are terrorists who have been driven out of Iraq. And how many are escapees from that recent nearby prison break.

Also note how the Associated Press almost makes it sound like an exclusively American show in Afghanistan, when in fact NATO is in command and is fielding many of the troops.

But now that the war in Iraq is going so well, Afghanistan must be made out to be a US failure.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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