Attack on Three Bases

Murdoc’s apologies for the lack of new posts. The editorial board here at MO has given him a stern talking to.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, U.S., Afghan service members respond during attack

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at Forward Operating Base Thunder, one of three bases insurgents attacked in eastern Afghanistan Sept. 24. One Afghan security contractor and five insurgents were killed when a squad-sized element of insurgents attacked three bases near Gardez, Paktya province. At least two others were injured. The attack began when insurgents opened fire on the FOB Goode (Gardez) entry control point with AK-47 rifles at about noon. One insurgent was killed and a truck belonging to a respected village elder was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and set aflame in this initial attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Troy P. Johnson)

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at Forward Operating Base Thunder, one of three bases insurgents attacked in eastern Afghanistan Sept. 24. One Afghan security contractor and five insurgents were killed when a squad-sized element of insurgents attacked three bases near Gardez, Paktya province. At least two others were injured. The attack began when insurgents opened fire on the FOB Goode (Gardez) entry control point with AK-47 rifles at about noon. One insurgent was killed and a truck belonging to a respected village elder was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and set aflame in this initial attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Troy P. Johnson)

After coalition forces suppressed the first wave of the attack, four insurgents who had been wearing suicide vests removed their explosive vests and began firing on the entry control point with AK-47 rifles. All four were killed. One of the suicide vests “cooked off,” but caused no damage. Coalition forces seized the other three before they detonated.

The small group of surviving insurgents escaped to a nearby wadi, or dry riverbed, where they were fired upon by U.S. troops at FOB Lightning. The insurgents retreated to the tree line and began firing on both FOB Lightning and FOB Thunder, an adjacent Afghan National Army installation.

The initial levels of gunfire made US troops think it was probably a wedding. No US forces were hurt in the fighting.

Sounds like the plan was to get the suicide vest guys inside the wire. When that failed, they went to plan B, which was to go out fighting.

Comments

  1. “The initial levels of gunfire made US troops think it was probably a wedding.” …Must have been a small attack..
    lol

  2. Well, I guess the nice thing about suicide vests is they’re always in style even when you aren’t winning. .)

  3. Ya know, nothing says good old fashion family fun like automatic machine gun fire!! Seriously, no one here thought it was a wedding… There was a wedding party attempting to travel through our fire fight, but that was not our initial response!! We assumed it was a range op for ANA.

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