KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents armed with rockets, grenades and suicide vests stormed the giant U.S.-run Bagram Air Field before dawn Wednesday, triggering an eight-hour firefight that killed an American contractor and at least 10 attackers and wounded nine U.S. service members.
As troops and contractors huddled in secure bunkers, the militants fired their weapons over American defenses into the base, according to Maj. Virginia McCabe, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces at Bagram. White smoke could be seen rising from the garrison as U.S. attack helicopters whirred overhead.
It was the second major Taliban assault in the Kabul area in as many days, breaking a nearly three-month lull in insurgent attacks around the Afghan capital. Eighteen people, including five U.S. soldiers and a Canadian colonel, were killed Tuesday in a suicide car bombing in Kabul.
Seriously. Why isn’t this plastered all over the news like it should be? Every time an insurgent farted near the Green Zone in Iraq the press was all over it and touting the failings of the Bush administration and how it was indicative of the futility of fighting that part of the War on Terror. Of course once the Obama administration took over it was more than happy to claim victory in Iraq and take credit for all of the work done there by the previous administration. Don’t get me wrong… I know that this kind of thing is standard practice for all administrations.
My issue is this: we have just seen a full frontal assault on the biggest US Military base in Afghanistan and there is pretty much NOTHING in the main stream media about it. It’s almost like it never happened yet this is HUGE. Attacking Bagram just north of ECP 3 within a few hundred yards of (what used to be when I was there) the Ranger and SF compounds is just brazen. The fear isn’t there anymore. The Taliban wants to lure the US into using methods that will cause civilian casualties and they want to terrorize the FOBBITs so they go home and bitch about how “bad” it is over there. They know what they’re doing and they’re working… and most America is either ignorant that the attack even occurred, don’t understand the significance, or just don’t care. Pathetic.
Success has a thousand fathers, failure is an orphan… but embarrassing strategic shortsightedness is an abortion.