Insurgents attacked four American outposts simultaneously near the border with Pakistan on Friday
"Striking the positions with multiple rockets and, at one base, a suicide bomber who exploded his vehicle near one of the base’s walls.
The coordinated attack, apparently timed to mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the Afghan war.
Most of the high-explosive 107-millimeter rockets striking the outposts were fired from just inside Afghanistan, suggesting that the attack had been prepared and launched from Pakistan, and the rocket crews withdrew there as the Americans fired back.
It also highlighted the relative weakness of Afghan soldiers and police officers living and working on the American-built bases. As the attacks escalated in the morning, only the United States military possessed the firepower, communications and skills to fight back.
More rockets followed, including one that narrowly missed the base entrance. About 9:35 a.m., another rocket hurtled toward the base.
While the American soldiers organized and coordinated their part of the battle on the outpost here, the Afghan soldiers did not participate. Some simply sat and watched.
“Incoming!” one of the soldiers shouted, as others flinched and waited for the blast. The rocket sailed overhead and struck an Afghan home."
"Violence has spread in the once-peaceful north and west and insurgents have carried out a string of high profile killings, most recently of a former president"
Violence has spread in the once-peaceful north and west and insurgents have carried out a string of high profile killings, most recently of a former president.
"With the passing of the 10-year proud Jihad by the Afghan people against the invaders, we must remind it that divine victory is with us,"
Tthe emailed statement from Mujahid said.
"If we hold tightly onto the rope of Allah, avoid insincerity, dissention, hypocrisy and other illnesses, then with the aid of Allah, our enemy will be forced to completely leave our country,"
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