May 20th, 2010
10:33 PM ET

Official: Bagram attackers wore U.S.-style uniforms

Insurgents who attacked Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Wednesday were wearing U.S. Army-style battle fatigue uniforms, according to a U.S. military official who has seen initial eyewitness accounts of the attack.

A second U.S. military official confirmed the initial accounts but said he did not know if all of the attackers were wearing U.S.-style uniforms.

The officials did not want to be identified because of the ongoing investigation.

Neither official could say whether the uniforms were stolen, or how the insurgents came into possession of them. U.S. military-style items are available on the internet for purchase.

Attackers had AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and "typical Middle Eastern load-carrying equipment" such as ammunition belts and other military accessories, according to the first official.

The official said attackers approached the base at three points and began by firing rockets at the northeastern sector of the base. The ground attack came from the west. Attackers were on foot and also fired from at least one vehicle. Four were wearing suicide vests, according to the U.S. military, although none were able to detonate the explosives.

U.S. troops killed 16 attackers using air and ground fire.

The attack began at 3 a.m. local time with two rockets fired, with the bulk of the small-arms fighting occurring between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. A mortar damaged the base's laundry facility and slightly damaged the hospital. Sporadic small arms fire continued for three to four hours.

U.S. troops pursued insurgents outside the base. During the pursuit, one soldier stepped on an old Russian mine and had to be rescued.

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  1. Disney Dr

    The Afghanistan AOR as a whole is ran like crap. I am here and I can tell you the Local National good guys, at least some are not so good. They do work in our dining facilities and everywhere else on base for that matter. This one incident has sparked a lot of media interest because BAF is a big base. What you don't hear or see on the news is the attacks that occur on the forward operating base where the Afghan National Army guy that is allowed in our US bases, that walks into someones (US Soldiers) sleeping quarters with a suicide vest on and blows two US troops to pieces. You don't hear about the guy that works at the DFAC that is caught with extensive plans on how he and others are going to carry out a suicide attack on the dining hall. The plan was ongoing for over six years. Well thought out and was ready to execute.

    Truth is, the entire chain of command from the Top (pentagon) down, hands are covered in Coalition Troops blood because we allow contract companies to hire local nationals. At a minimum they should only be allowed to hire Third Country Nationals without any ties to the AOR.

    As far as being brain washed... Well all I can say about that statement made earlier in this thread is that you have obviously never been a part of anything bigger than yourself. The reason most troops do what they do is because of the guy beside them. He/She will do anything to keep me alive and they know that I would do the same. If we worried ourselves with the politics of this mess it would be a useless waste of time and cost the lives of our fellow servicemen.

    Lead, follow or get out of the way you liberal pieces of fecal matter.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAF_Fiancé

      AMEN!!!

      May 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bagram resident Jun-Dec 09

    Gotta have CLEARED and VETTED local national employees. Builds local trust in the US and Coalition, gives them jobs. Lets face it, not much of an economy there, from what I'm told, they don't even have the Friday baazar any more... not even the photo camel. Penetrations/infiltrations of our bases, large and FOB, are going to happen. Have to employ better human and signal intel to tell the good from the bad. Remember, keep those friends close... and your enemy even closer. We need the foreknowledge of what they plan on doing to us to thwart it before it happens... "what is called foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits, nor from gods, nor by analogy with past events, nor from calculations. It must be obtained from men who know the enemy situation" (thanks Sun Tzu). Identify their penetrations of our bases, recruit them to be our "double agents" (trust but verify... polygraph does work), and win without firing a shot

    May 27, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. USAF_Fiancé

    The love of my life is currently deployed to Bagram. and All I have to say to those who are against what our troops are doing is, If You Won't Stand Behind Our Troops, Then Why Don't You Stand In Front of Them!!

    May 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
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