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.

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. vizi

    well that is the basics , camouflage did we forget so soon , or we are just fancy of wearing the army uniform just becos it looks chick.
    Every time we face a suicide bomber or some new form of suicide its a new discovery , are we just busy with the opium world in Afghanistan

    May 21, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. TROY

    All i have to say is god bless our soldiers fighting for us to stay in a country where i can continue to learn. any soldier from the US, i want to say thank you so much and that you stand up for the country and make it look good. i wish you all the best luck!

    May 21, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    how is attacking a military base a terrorist act? when the us military attacked iraqi bases are US soldiers terrorists?

    May 21, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Terroristic act because they are not a formal army, they fight guerilla style warfare.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • pahart

      They are terrorists because they are not representing a country and they attempt to use terror as a way to force others to their ways. They are representing a wacked out religious idealogy twisted to justify a small group's ideals.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerome

      That is totally wrong B. What makes a terrorist a terrorist isn't the guerilla style of fighting. The US has guerilla fighters as well, called special operations. Are they terrorists? If the US was invaded by the USSR during the cold war would americans fighting communist soldiers terrorists? Were the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists when we were supporting their guerrila fight against the Soviets?

      Learn what a terrorist is first then form an opinion. Right now you seem very ignorant. No offence.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerome1

      Pahart none of your statements is the definition of a terrorist. They don't represent a country? They represent a people, just like Americans that rebelled against the British. They did not represent a country because America wasn't formed yet. So they were terrorists by your definition.

      Regarding using terror to force people to their ways, what do you think military force is? Sorry to break it to you but the US military isnt shooting whip cream at people, they are using force, a heck of a lot of force, to force people into what the US wants.

      And representing a religious ideology isnt the definition either, there are groups in south america that are labelled as terrorists as well as ultra nationalist groups across the world that are not fighting for religious ideology.

      A terrorist uses terror, fighting a military base is a legitimate target, not terror. Otherwise the US military us using terror too.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerome1

      Dont get me wrong, I dont like the Taliban or Alqaeda, but we better recognize the difference between a terrorist act and a legitimate act.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    Good Job guards! You saved many.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Netmonger

    I fully support our troops, and think that there are some valid reasons for us to be in Afghanistan, but can we stop the 'Freedom is not free' nonsense now? The US isnt being invaded – we're not over in Afghanistan fighting for our freedom. Seriously..

    May 21, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. TROY

    i saw the movie "The Hurt Locker," and there is a scene when the main character who is a soldier that defuses bombs comes back to the base late after pursuing what he believes to be terrorists. when he arrives late the people guarding the base stop him immediately as if he were a terrorist although he looks friendly. why didn't the people guardimg the base do that to the insurgents but with a warning then gunfire after not cooperating at a distance?

    May 21, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • sms

      Troy...warning shots? Evidently you have never been in a situation such as this...currently i am a contractor working in Iraq and all i can say is thank God for the military. Basically they have rules to go by too...everything that i have heard is they have to get permission to fire on someone first before they can shoot back...me being a civilian..I say shoot first and ask questions later. Someone is shooting at me...I would shoot back. These are insurgents and they don't play around because they don't care. They are going to die and go to heaven and get their 72 virgins...that is their logic. We work with Iraqis and most of them are good...just like the Americans...just trying to make a living for their family. But then you have some here who look at you like they would cut your head off in a second...basically you sound like a liberal who would try to "talk to them" to get them to stop attacking the base...go for it. These people don't care...they don't care about themselves...their families...their country...all they care is for their so called radical religion and why i call it radical is majority of Muslims don't believe this way...when you go up and blow each other up and you're the same religion...there is something seriously wrong here...it would be like the Baptist and Pentacost back in America blowing each other up. This has been going on since biblical times and will be going on after we leave from here. The Middle East has never been stable and never will be. I'll say it again...thank God for the military...all branches...men and women alike. God bless them and their families.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jerome

    Pahart none of your statements is the definition of a terrorist. They don't represent a country? They represent a people, just like Americans that rebelled against the British. They did not represent a country because America wasn't formed yet. So they were terrorists by your definition.

    Regarding using terror to force people to their ways, what do you think military force is? Sorry to break it to you but the US military isnt shooting whip cream at people, they are using force, a heck of a lot of force, to force people into what the US wants.

    And representing a religious ideology isnt the definition either, there are groups in south america that are labelled as terrorists as well as ultra nationalist groups across the world that are not fighting for religious ideology.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. flloyd

    why do people find this kind of attack suprising, in all geurilla wars the enemy uses unconventional tactics, to divide the people of the country and to sow doubts in the american media, the media always make these small scale attacks into big deals, but they never amount to any real change in the situation on the ground. the attacks are meant to make people in the states doubt our ability to defeat these forces. and of course here we sit talking about crap. it reminds me of nero and his fiddle, acept now we use blogs to fiddle while the country burns around us. go army

    May 21, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. e

    live by the sword, die by the sword.
    ill be relieved when all the killers and both sides are removed form the gene pool.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • USAF_Fiancé

      As the Fiancé of a United States Air Force solider, I take an extreme amount of offense to your statement. How can someone who knows nothing of what they speak of, speak such hatred towards the ppl who are over there fighting to defend our nation and bring peace to another nation? My fiancé is one of those men, he is over in Afghanistan right now. How DARE YOU say such things. Those men and women that are over their fighting and giving their lives for our country, have familys, are someone's loved one. HOW DARE YOU!

      May 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill Clinton

    This whole thing is my fault...If I didn't make stupid cuts to vital military budgets and instruct the armed forces to weakly fight proxy wars that exposed us to harm we probably would have caught Osama way back....

    I enjoy the fact that the world loved me simply because I sat on my hands. Hey at least I wasn't spending time with my dog faced wife. Have you seen how ugly chelsea is? Can you imagine if we had two of her?
    I want to throw up

    May 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Juan

    The US-style camo would be inaccordance with an Israeli special operations squad, which operate in all war zones under cover

    May 21, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Shelly Sasso

    My so is over there in Iraq right now and a day does not go by that I dont think of him and pray for him he will be home in September but will enlist again then go to Afghanastan this is what he wants to do always has since he was 6 years old I been tripping over toy soldiers I am very proud of him and what he beleives in I thank all of you that support our troops you may not agree wiht why they are there but all they need is your support they dont need your approval and Jesica we went to Afghanastan because thats where they are they woke up the giant now they have to deal with it
    Thanks for listening
    I hope they all come home safe

    May 21, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. flloyd

    heres an idea why dont we talk to the taliban and offer to sell them modern weapons and then we can feel good about making war with a real army.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    How is this news?? This has nothing to do with Twilight or Justine Beeber or Dancing with the Stars???!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jacqueline

    I just left BAF 4 months ago. I still pray for the safety of my friends who are there. You guys can argue all you want about the politics, but please remember that those are YOUR people over there fighting for your freedom. American husbands, wives, mothers, father, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters. Maybe just for a minute, be thankful that there are still people in this world who believe in America and believe in fighting for it. You can't even imagine what it's like to say goodbye to your children, not knowing if you will ever see them again....

    May 21, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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