Firebase Anaconda repels attackers

U.S.: 20 Taliban killed in failed attack on base

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.”


  1. That’s great. I wish they would do this more often. To self-segregate themselves from the general population is our wet dream.

  2. A Taliban assault against dug in machine guns with interlocking fields of fire, pre-plotted motars and artillery, all the CAS you could ask for… It’s several wet dreams. Come ‘n get it fellas!

  3. I hope the Taliban commander survived. It would be a shame for a man with this level of tactical brilliance to be denied his chance to lead more attacks.

  4. are they really that freaking stupid? Frontal assault on dug in forces? I think they just earned a Darwin Award.

  5. I was stationed at Firebase Ripley outside of Tarin Kowt (Capital of Uruzgan Province) for about 2 and a half weeks in Feb/March of this year. TK is the hub for several satellite FBs including Anaconda and Cobra (where one of my co-workers was [and may still] be stationed). Ripley was the Special Forces B Team HQ for that area. Due to some sort of unfortunate doctrinal and operational dispute with Dutch Forces (approximately 1100 troops in the PRT located next to FB Ripley), all the A Teams had been pulled from the area, though they may be back as the SF Group that had responsibility for the TKAO rotated out in March/April and a new Group rotated in. In addition to the B Team at Ripley, we had 2 AH64A Apaches and a CSAR Blackhawk stationed there along with their pilots and ground crews. There were very regular coming and goings by Blackhwks, Chinooks, contracted MI8/17s and MI26s, as well as Dutch Cougers for supply. Ripley had a substantial well trained guard force of ‘local assets’ who were trained and supervised by the SF guys. The Dutch at the PRT had 6 Apaches (A models) on deck as well as a number of light armored vehicles, AND several 155 artillery systems (never saw them so I don’t know if they were towed or SP; they practiced live fire VERY regularly to remind the local opposition who had the ‘biggest ones’ LOL!). I know the Dutch had some PH2000s in theater because I saw two of them at KAF in Kandahar late last year. Relevant to your Anaconda story, they and Cobra were an easy 20 mins or less flying time from air support at Ripley, and both the American and Dutch Apache crews were aggressive and would have loved helping hand the Taliban their @$$e$! Anaconda may have been within range of the 155 systems at the PRT too, but I’m not sure about that. All the FBs had decent perimeter walls, lots of wire, guard towers with belt fed welcome mats, RPGs, (not sure about mortar systems but that seems likely) QRFs, and troops and contracters who weren’t bashful about lighting up the Taliban whenever they got the opportunity. Good story! PS: The chow at Ripley was amongst the best I had in the Stan……….if I had a choice between eating there or any of the restaurants in my one horse town here in MI…….it’d be the Ripley messhall! LOL!