Skip to comments.Taliban launch frontal attack on base---Darwin Award Nominees 2008
Posted on 08/07/2007 12:55:00 PM PDT by Trueblackman
By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 6 minutes ago
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.
"Almost two dozen insurgents were confirmed killed in the attack," the statement said. Two girls and two Afghan soldiers were wounded during the fight in Uruzgan province, it said.
A firebase like Anaconda is usually a remote outpost staffed by as few as several dozen soldiers.
"The inability of the insurgent forces to inflict any severe damage on Firebase Anaconda, while being simultaneously decimated in the process, should be a clear indication of the ineffectiveness of their fighters," said Army Capt. Vanessa R. Bowman, a coalition spokeswoman.
A direct attack on a U.S. or NATO base by insurgents on foot is relatively rare. More often insurgents fire rockets at bases and flee. Military officials say that Taliban fighters know they can't match Western militaries in a heads-up battle, which leads the insurgents to more often rely on roadside and suicide bombs.
Meanwhile, South Korean officials and Taliban leaders were expected to agree Tuesday on a meeting place to negotiate the release of 21 South Korean hostages, an Afghan politician said.
The South Koreans and Taliban representatives have been talking by phone for several days and planned to determine a location for their first face-to-face talks by the end of the day, said Gov. Marajudin Pathan, the leader in Ghazni province, where the Koreans were kidnapped.
"There will be one of our government officials in the talks as well," Pathan told The Associated Press.
Pathan said that the meeting is likely to take place in Ghazni province, but could not provide any further details. South Koreans embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.
In South Korea, relatives of the hostages expressed disappointment Tuesday that meetings Sunday and Monday at Camp David between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Bush failed to produce concrete measures to bring the captives home.
The Afghan and U.S. presidents ruled out making any concessions to the Taliban militants during their meetings.
South Korean Foreign Minister Song Min-soon cautioned that the country should be prepared for a protracted ordeal, noting that other hostages in Afghanistan had been held an average of 35 days.
Song also said none of the captives were suffering from critical health problems.
A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said the meeting between Karzai and Bush had "no result," and that militant prisoners must be released in exchange for the lives of South Korean hostages or there will be a "bad result."
The militants kidnapped 23 Korean aid workers traveling by bus from Kabul to Kandahar on July 19. Two male hostages have been killed.
Taliban militants clashed with police in two separate incidents in southern Afghanistan, leaving five militants and two officers dead, officials said Tuesday.
The militants attacked police at a checkpoint in Zabul province on Monday, and the ensuing clash left five suspected militants dead, said Ali Kheil, the spokesman for Zabul's governor.
Also Monday, militants attacked a police vehicle just outside Kandahar city, killing two officers and wounding eight others, said provincial police chief Syed Agha Saqib. The attackers escaped and police are hunting for them, he said.
Insurgent attacks and military operations have killed more than 3,600 people so far this year, most of them militants. Much of the violence has been concentrated in the former Taliban stronghold in the south.
Also in southern Afghanistan, Dutch soldiers fatally shot a motorcyclist who approached their convoy and failed to heed warning signals and shots, the Dutch Defense Ministry said.
International forces are often the targets of suicide bombers, and they repeatedly warn Afghan civilian motorists to slow down or steer clear of convoys so they are not mistaken for attackers. Several civilians have been killed in such incidents.
Must have been watching Rambo movies with smokin their own heroin.
Allah must have been taking a nap when these jihadis decided to attack the US military instead of killing women and children.
We have too many to choose from for 2007, so we will move this one to 2008.
Actually, decimated means killing one out of ten. Comes from the Roman practice of doing just that with soldiers if they failed in battle and needed extra motivation.
Too bad they don’t have video!
Sheer sense of desperation. Hooray for the brave soldiers at Firebase Anaconda! BTW, I wonder what the South Koreans are prepared to give the Taliban in exchange for the hostages.
Why weren’t there 75 dead?
Even the US press couldn’t help these nuts...allah akbar and ciou.
Well we don’t shot them in back I guess, but a fuel air bomb over enemy forces is a wonderful thing.
I wonder if US forces use claymore mines for defensive positions these days.
don’t underestimate them. they may be poorly matched militarily, but they have a lot more patience than Americans. They will keep their experience and use it after we leave unless we are prepared to be there for a very long time.
U.S. forces were too busy laughing...
That’s what happens when you believe US Media reports that our troops can’t shoot straight.
An infantry charge against a fortified position? The Taliban should stop buying surplus Chinese tactical manuals from the Korean war. Mohammed Al-Pickets charge.
There should be a Special Recognition Darwin Award for these guys............
75 dead? Well, we don’t know the number of their wounded who died later. And the # whose injuries are so serious as to preclude them from any further fighting.......
Decimated would have been 7.5 of the attackers. More than 20 dead is a heck of a lot better than decimated. Too bad it wasn't 100%.
What they were doing is reading the MSM press releases.
Reading such tripe would make anyone believe that our military is completely incompetent and that our operations are all military failures, but reality is an unforgiving teacher...
Decimation in the Roman legions was usually reserved for those legions that mutinied. The soldiers would be separated into their groups of ten, each man having a number from 1 to 10. By lot, a number from 1 to 10 would be called out and every man with that number in each group of 10 would be killed. But those not called would still not be entirely spared. It was the job of the other nine to beat the 10th man to death. Since the groups of 10, called decades, were similar to modern squads, the nine would be beating to death one of their comrades and friend.
Hey now, don't insult the cavemen by comparing them to al-Qaeda terrorists!
You have inverted it.
Decimate literally means killing 9 out of 10 or cutting the opposing force down to 1/10 of the size.
But in general it is a euphamism any route but especially any route where the force is destruyed to ranks level and requires a total rebuild.
This proves that this year’s opium crop was really primo.
Or fighting amongst themselves as to who they were going to kill. “He’s mine!” “No he’s not, I saw him first, he’s mine!”
Sorry you are right on the original meaning.
The euphamistic use still stands though...
You're the first person I've ever seen who got this right. The Latin derivation is obvious, but most people misuse the word, often used instead to mean total destruction.
We need to announce that if they massacre the Korean hostages
EVERY Taliban prisoner now being held in ALL facilities will be taken out and executed . That will settle the prisoner exchange question and send the correct message for the future.
The taliban are relying on our perceived humanitarian ‘weaknesses’ They have no such impediments.
Or: “After you, I already bagged my limit.”
I don't think so. The dictionary says:
"to select by lot and kill every tenth one of"
This is in agreement with ops33's post #25.
Git some! Get some!
Now that is calculated - a broadcasted emasculation of male Muslim fighters by an invading infidel woman - that has got to drive those gihadists into a rage
Decimation - Perhaps the most gruesome punishment of all known to the Roman army was that of decimation. It generally was applied to entire cohorts and meant that every tenth man, randomly chosen by a draw of lots, was killed by being clubbed or stoned to death by his own comrades. This form of punishment of the troops was however extremely rare.
maybe like in ZULU....they were counting the guns..
Suicide by United States military.
Talk about Darwin awards, yea, they got it.
What do you want to be they did it from Horseback?
Rack em and Stack em!
Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters
They must not have had a perimeter of claymores. They could have quadrupled the body count (at least) if they did.
Either that or “damn, you take him, my weapon overheated and it’s jammed!”
The dictionary also says:
3 a: to reduce drastically especially in number “cholera decimated the population”
That is the present day connotation.
Gay used to mean ‘happily excited.’ Today, if you call someone ‘gay,’ he may get excited but he sure won’t be happy!