Insurgents attack U.S. Base in AFGHANISTAN With Car Bomb at the Gate
This is a story about a Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that Insurgents set off at a Joint installation, Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan.
“The insurgents only made it roughly 50-60 meters inside the FOB before they were engaged and taken down,” explained the military spokesman. “The damage the DFAC and PX sustained [were] from the concussion of the blast,” which was estimated to include 1,500-2,000 pounds of explosives.
In addition, the RC East spokesman revealed that the attackers were wearing uniforms of both the Afghan National Security Forces and the US Army. The spokesman also stated that seven civilians were killed, all of them inside the wire, on the premises of the base.
FOB Salerno is the largest base in southeastern Afghanistan – it is highly fortified, and hosts extensive surveillance assets and a US rotary wing task force.
The Taliban claimed credit for the attack immediately afterward, in a statement released on their propaganda website, Voice of Jihad. The Taliban followed up the initial claim with a more detailed account, which was released on Voice of Jihad on June 8.
According to the more detailed Taliban account, the suicide bomber was named Mawlawi Sahib Shamsullah, and he was “a resident of Paktia” who “sacrificed his luxurious life in Khaleej [the Persian Gulf], a thriving business, bounties of the world and the love of his 4 children for Allah.” Shamsullah was chosen because he “was familiar with the surrounding area.”
The Taliban said that the bomber “drove his explosive packed vehicle with absolute assurance right up to the American base and detonated it at the appropriate time.” The terror group claimed that the “nearly ten ton explosion completely flattened the enemy facilities in which the American invaders were feeding, set several areas on fire and completely destroyed a transport airplane which had parked nearby only a few moments before the blast.” ISAF did not report the damage or destruction of an aircraft in the attack, nor has this been reported in other media accounts. The Taliban routinely exaggerate the effects of their attacks.
The names and home provinces of the 10 members of the suicide assault team who followed the blast and breached the wire were included in the statement.
“Simultaneously after the blast, the ten armed martyrdom seekers (Azeem Khan from Paktia; Ateequllah, Muhammad Naeem, Muhammad Ya’qub, Ibraheemi and Kareemullah from Ghazni province’s Gilan district; Zabihullah Shabir from Ghazni’s Maqur district; Hafiz Saifullah from Paktika’s Khushamand; Amdadullah from Paktika’s Wazikhwa; Abdullah from Nangarhar and Abdur Raheem from Logar) who had arrived at the scene in a mini van, set fire to their vehicle and zealously entered the American base.”
The Taliban claimed the “enemy [was] in compete disarray after suffering heavy losses from the blast,” and that the suicide assault team fought for nearly three hours and killed “hundreds of American soldiers.” As part of their propaganda campaign, the Taliban claim that scores of US and NATO troops are killed daily.
While the Taliban claimed credit for the attack on FOB Salerno, it was likely executed by the Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is linked to al Qaeda and which operates extensively in Khost province. The Haqqani Network rarely produces propaganda tapes and allows Voice of Jihad to highlight the group’s attacks. The Haqqani Network has launched multiple complex attacks on US and Afghan bases in Khost and neighboring Paktia and Paktika provinces.
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