A US soldier fires his assault rifle during a battle with insurgent forces in Afghanistan?s Nuristan province. US forces suffered one of their bloodiest days in eight years of war in Afghanistan with eight soldiers killed when their remote outposts were overrun by hundreds of Taliban militants.(AFP/US Coalition Force/File/Matthew C. Moeller)
Nearly 3oo insurgents attacked a U.S. outpost in a remote area of the Afghanistan- Pakistan border Saturday. The battle began at sunrise in a remote mountainous area in Nuristan Province and lasted throughout the day ‘Saturday’. Most reports indicate the 300 insurgents poured out of a local village and mosque and then attacked the outpost located nearby. It was America’s deadliest day in a year as 8 U.S. Combat soldiers and 2 Afghan Security Forces were killed in the firefight. The attack from the insurgents were repelled but how many casualties the insurgents suffered is not clear.
This is not the first time a remote outpost has been attacked along the Afghan- Pakistan border it appears the Taliban/ Al Qaeda insurgents have been pretty active in hitting these outposts with heavy gunfire and mortar and then fleeing back into the mountainous terrain and over the border back into Pakistan. Only this attack appears to have come from a local village which begs the question are the insurgents winning the hearts and minds of the villages along the border and what is the influence of Kabul in these remote areas?
Map of Afghanistan locating US and Afghan soldiers’ deaths in Nuristan province. US forces suffered one of their bloodiest days in eight years of war in Afghanistan with eight soldiers killed when their remote outposts were overrun by hundreds of Taliban militants, officials said Sunday.(AFP/Graphic)
Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Alpha Battery, 425 Field Artillery, 3rd brigade of 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum, New York, fire their 155 mm Howitzer in Cop Cherokee base in Kherwar district in Logar province on October 4, 2009.REUTERS/Nikola Solic