US Base Attacked in Khost Province

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  1. Announced on BBC news at 0400

    "At least 30" Taliban including suicide bombers have attacked an American FOB in Khost Province also used by ISAF/NATO Forces

    Fighting is ongoing
  2. just put a sister thread up in the american section! nothing on the net! very strange for it to turn up on the news like that! hope the yanks are giving them hell
  3. There must be BBC either in that FOB, in Khost or maybe KAF and passed it on?
  4. Reuters story filed at 10:42 EDT (about 45 minutes ago said:
    "KABUL (Reuters) - Up to 30 Taliban insurgents, including suicide bombers, attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan's east on Saturday, officials said, but there were no details available about possible casualties or damage.

    The attack began overnight at the well-fortified Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost province near the southeastern border with Pakistan, where U.S. and other foreign forces have been stepping up operations against a resurgent Taliban.

    Seven Central Intelligence Agency officers were killed by a suicide bomber inside the base last December, the second-most deadly attack in CIA history.

    Lieutenant Commander Katie Kendrick, a spokeswoman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, confirmed the new attack but could give few other details.

    "There is ongoing activity there, but it is fresh and I can't give more details," Kendrick said.

    Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said 30 fighters had attacked the base. They included suicide bombers and others armed with rockets and machine guns, Mujahid told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

    Despite the presence of almost 150,000 foreign troops, violence across Afghanistan is at its worst since the Taliban were ousted by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001.

    Taliban-led insurgents have launched increasingly brazen attacks around Afghanistan in a bid to topple the government and force out foreign troops. More than 2,000 foreign troops have been killed, most of them Americans, since the conflict began.

    Hundreds of civilians have also been caught in the crossfire, with civilian deaths spiking by 31 percent in the first six months of this year, according to a United Nations report. "
  5. It's on the AFP news website, which (as I put on other thread), stresses it's not yet been officially confirmed but that something is happening at FOB Salerno, Khost.

    Can't post link, as this gadget doesn't permit.
  6. BBC
    Taliban attack allied bases in Afghanistan's Khost area
    Suspected Taliban insurgents have attacked two coalition allied bases in eastern Afghanistan, Nato forces say.

    Coalition forces repelled both attacks, killing 10 militants and capturing several more, Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said.

    There was no confirmation of any allied casualties from the fighting, in Khost province south-east of Kabul.

    The Taliban had earlier told reporters that at least 28 fighters - some of them suicide bombers - were involved.
    BBC News - Taliban attack allied bases in Afghanistan's Khost area
  7. The updated BBC article states that of the 30 militants who attacked, 24 were killed and 5 were captured. No ISAF casualties were suffered.

  8. the number keeps going up, are the news agencies trying to out bullshit each other. Its 15 KIA, 5 captured and 4 civvi's with some metal in their arses.
  9. Either way it was a pointless venture and Darwinism at its finest
  10. which the BBC is trying to report as a victory for the other side....
  11. they are fawning at how daring the taliban are. whats new there?

  12. The ever rising body count is probably due to yank GI's trying to out bullshit each other more than anything else.

    Being over generous to themselves with regards to enemy body counts isn't just a Yank trait either, if some of the body counts ive heard over the years were any where near the truth then both Afghan and Pakistan would be without a male population by now. :)