May 24th, 2010
08:31 AM ET

Insurgents attempt attack on U.S.-NATO base

(CNN) - Insurgents attacked a U.S.-NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Saturday night, firing rockets and attempting to breach the base perimeter before security forces repelled them, the military said.

Five rockets were fired at Kandahar Air Field, according to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Several insurgents also attempted to enter the base, but were not able to gain entry, ISAF said in a news release.

No fatalities were reported, but ISAF said some civilian workers and base personnel were injured. ISAF did not elaborate on the nature of the injuries. Base personnel were being told "to remain in safe locations as a precaution."

The attack comes three days after nearly a dozen insurgents and a U.S. contractor were killed when a group launched an early morning attack on Bagram Air Base just north of Kabul.

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  1. Aneesha

    Taliban= tactically retarded and the desire to make a name for themselves or re-affirm is so stupid. However, if they walk into it, give them hell!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Adam

    Too bad they won't fight the entire war like this, they must have smoked a little too much opium or chewed a little too much khat that day.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jaybob

    I spoke to a close friend there. It was wild, from what they said. But hey, the bad guys just wanted to show that they were willing to die for the Taliban. Well, seems like our guys were willing to help them out. It seems like they want to do some act of bravery to further their cause and make themselves look like brave warriors. There is a line between brave and stupid.

    I honestly hope we come home soon. Our troops have been fighting for nearly a decade and they deserve to come home and live their lives, instead of worrying about the next rotation to some miserable place.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hamed

    I am so glad that these dogs died.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    The Taliban just wanted to get on the news and show that they are still a force. The attack (tactically) failed miserably, and luckily no soldiers were killed at Kandahar base.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gorena

    the guys at farah are good as far as i know.
    the only places attacked were kabul, Bagram and Kandahar

    May 26, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hal Felty

    I have a son in Farah. Is there any news about the attack?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SNIPER1

    THEY JUST TESTING WHAT TYPE OF RESPONSE AND TACTIC WAS USED BY US -NATO .

    May 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Argonaut

    A frontal assault on an allied airbase=fail. IF their goal is to show their willingness to die, mission accomplished. Tactically that was quite stupid and accomplished nothing but some sleep deprivation and minor (hopefully) wounds for the good guys. The Talibs need to do this more often, "come to where my M240 is located and run directly into the lead I'm putting downrange. kaythanksbye". Saves us the time tracking them down in the mountains. The US media needs to not contract "Tet offensive" syndrome and wig out because of their brazenness. In my opinion this shows desperation on the enemies part. It's punch, counter-punch, and we hit harder.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stuck In Afghanny

      This is about as close to accurate as you can get. They weren't expecting to breach. They just wanted to re-affirm their status, and they know that any media coverage is going to benefit them.....you know the media just wants what's best for the media.

      May 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |