Insurgents wearing U.S. Army uniforms launched pre-dawn attacks Saturday on a major NATO base in eastern Afghanistan and a nearby camp where seven CIA employees were killed last year in a suicide bombing. NATO said there were no coalition casualties and the attacks were repelled.
At least 21 attackers were killed and five were captured. Some of the dead were wearing uniforms at least similar in appearance to US military uniforms. It’s unclear exactly how “similar” the uniforms really were. To the untrained eye (and that includes most members of the media), many military/tactical uniforms appear “almost identical” despite differences that are readily apparent to laymen like Murdoc.
To be honest, it seems a lot more likely that the uniforms were those of the Afghan military, most of which appears to be older-style US uniforms. That’s pure speculation.
After being repulsed at the bases, the attackers headed for some nearby government offices, but were driven off. Two Afghan soldiers were apparently killed in the fighting, but it’s unclear from the story if they were at the coalition bases or defending the government offices.
Also, police captured a light truck “packed with explosives” that had become stuck in the mud. Another point for tracked vehicles over wheeled in the ‘Stan.
I’ve long wondered about the lack of reports about insurgents/terrorists trying to use US uniforms in attacks. I honestly though we’d be seeing a lot of that, but I haven’t heard too much of it. I recall a report in the days before the invasion of Iraq about a bunch of missing US uniforms, and I thought I blogged about it at the time and wondered if we’d see Fedayeen Saddam trying to use them to get close enough to cause some damage.
Apparently, it’s either tougher to get a hold of genuine uniforms than I’d expect or, more likely, our guys just ain’t falling for that shit.