Taliban attack on NATO base repelled
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Taliban forces launched an attack on a NATO base in Afghanistan on June 30. The attack was subsequently repelled, with eight Taliban fighters killed. The raid, the third such attack in five weeks, was carried out with a car bomb and rocket-propelled grenades. A Taliban spokesperson said that there were six initial suicide attackers, and a total of eight were killed in the initial attack and the gun battle that followed.
A German Army official, Brigadier General Josef Blotz, said that the Taliban "were not able to breach the perimeter. They were fought off by a combination of Afghan and coalition security forces." The attack occurred at an air base in the eastern part of Afghanistan, near the city of . The base is home to both Afghan and international troops.
According to commentators, attacks such as this have become increasingly utilized by the Taliban; all three of the largest bases in Afghanistan have been attacked in recent months. They generally result in higher levels of casualties when compared with other forms of attacks.
- "Taliban attack on Nato base in Afghanistan is 'repelled'" — , June 30, 2010
- "Eight Taliban fighters killed in failed raid on Nato base" — , June 30, 2010