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.
I don’t know how many troops we have at Firebase Anaconda, or how long it takes support to arrive, but a frontal attack with 75 fighters seems, um, optimistic.
A firebase like Anaconda is usually a remote outpost staffed by as few as several dozen soldiers.
“Several dozen”, so maybe the attackers had a 3-to-1 advantage. If we’re talking standard Taliban-type irregulars against US troops in their base, 3-to-1 just ain’t going to cut it.
Here’s a photo from flickr of what appears to be a supply drop to Anaconda:
Its fun to watch, but takes hours to clean up.
More photos from that album here.
My guess is that a message went out this morning: “Send more ammo.”