Violence in Afghanistan gets short shrift even when a NATO base is attacked by suicide bombers. On December 18 three bombers attacked Forward Operating Base Torkham located at a border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bombers may have chosen the site because, according to Stars and Stripes, it is “used by trucks transporting vehicles belonging to the International Security Assistance Force.”
Afghan police said 17 vehicles were destroyed. The suicide bombers wore Afghan police uniforms. One policeman was killed.
The International Security Assistance Force said three “insurgents”—formerly called “terrorists”—died in the attack.
Pajhwok Afghan News said a Taliban spokesman claimed soldiers were killed and wounded.
Taliban also took credit for an ISAF helicopter crash that killed 6 soldiers in Afghanistan on Tuesday. ISAF said there was no enemy activity in the area when the helicopter crashed. However, The Long War Journal said the Taliban’s official website contained a “much more detailed statement” taking credit for a shootdown:
“Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate have shot down the helicopter of foreign troops in Shahjoi district today, according to officials reporting from southern Zabul province.
The attack took place at around 03:00 pm local time today as the helicopter was flying over Ibraheem Khelo area at a low altitude, causing the chopper to violently plummet onto the ground in a ball of fire which killed all 8 invaders and crew onboard.”
Terrorist groups take credit for what they do inflict and sometimes for what they don’t, all in the interest of recruiting members and promoting their agenda.
More than 45,000 U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/Dec. 18, 2013)
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