June 30th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Taliban attacks airfield

Taliban insurgents attacked Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, hitting the entrance of the facility with a car bomb, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, said a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

The airfield's perimeter was not breached and several insurgents died in the attack, NATO said, without providing specific figures. Two joint security force members were injured.

In a text message to CNN, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said six men wearing suicide vests entered the airfield, killing 32 foreigners. CNN could not independently confirm those claims.

"This was not only an attack on a combined Afghan and ISAF facility, it was also an attack on the people of Afghanistan," said spokeswoman Capt. Jane Campbell. "The reality is that attacks such as this have absolutely no impact on the overall security situation in Afghanistan."

The incident took place on the same day U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Kabul, about 75 miles away, to meet with U.S. and Afghan officials

Holder is in Afghanistan to foster the development of the nation's justice system, according to a statement from U.S. Department of Justice.

"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this Administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said.

Justice Department attorneys are working with Afghan prosecutors and police investigators on "significant narcotics and narcotics-related (such as corruption and money laundering) offenses."

The meetings in Afghanistan are the first for a U.S. attorney general, according to the department.

Separately, the U.S. Embassy said Wednesday that it has a "strong partnership" with Afghanistan's attorney general a day after Mohammad Ishaq Alako accused Ambassador Karl Eikenberry of giving him ultimatums.

"The U.S. Embassy has a regular dialogue and a strong partnership with the Attorney General and his office, including robust mentoring and training programs," said embassy spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. "The Ambassador's discussions with his counterparts are private and we're not going to comment on them."

At a Tuesday news conference, Alako accused Eikenberry of pressuring him to falsely investigate and bring corruption charges against a senior Afghan bank official. Alako said there is no evidence to suggest that any charges should be brought against Rafiullah Azimi, the deputy chief of Ansari Bank.

The U.S. Embassy denied Alako's accusations.

"The United States continues to respect that personnel decisions are for the Afghan Government to make," Hayden said.

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  1. Allah's Tiger

    Two thumbs up for Taliban...................
    Inshallah Taliban will be successful in their mission...................

    Best Luck Taliban

    July 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Ali's Toga: Several insurgents died what a great victory......Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.....

      July 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joie

    torben09-

    Well said..

    July 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason from Wisconsin

    I was in J-bad in 2005 while in a infantry unit in the Marines. This base is a city and from what was said it's only getting bigger. The Taliban have tryed to take over this base many times. They had hundreds of men at times attacking the base with plasitc bags on their feet being used as shoes! Man was that some time ago!

    July 1, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Awesome story! Talk about stone age... Did they look like Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble?

      July 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dreed

    their were no united states or any other coalition forces killed in this attack. also the wall was breached but noone got into the wall

    June 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. torben09

    When are they going to kick out that idiot Eikenberry, who's messing up all positive relations in Afghanistan ? McChrystal had already pointed him out as an idiot, counterproductive to the whole intention in Afghanistan, but instead of the idiot getting fired, McChrystal get sacked. He, who have fought so hard, relentlessly, working together with the Afghan governtment, and the Afghan people, to do his best to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans, through jirgas, to ensure, that things are done with the approval of the Afghan people. He, who was one of us, coming to the battlefield, all the time, acting himself, not drinking fancy drinks, in his shiny office in Kabul, as generals normally do, barking orders from there, hiding behind the desk, when hearing a faint, boooom. Then this good for nothing Eikenberry, is doing the opposite, forcing himself on the Afghan officials, showing a great disrespect for them, by wanting to press his personal system, over their heads. Imagine, insulting the Afghan Attorney General, Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Alako, in such a grave way, that the embassy spokesperson, Caitlin Hayden, is forced to go out with a statement, to ensure, that these allegations from the ambassador, is solely private, and not the views of the embassy. Mr. Obama, how can you let such an incompetent and plainly destructive man, as Eikenberry is, continue as ambassador ? You were quick on the trigger with the only General that has understood how to run things here, and now, why don't you act immediately here, sacking who actually should have been sacked, instead of McChrystal, stupid Rolling Stone article or not. We are in the middle of a war, and you sack the key positive player, and keep the most destructive force, Eikenberry. Sometimes I wonder about your mindset. Instead of focusing on winning a war, you just let yourself being brought off balance, because of a stupid newspaper "scoop", and allow the ambassador to continue breaking down the goodwill in Afghanistan, that McChrystal worked so hard at building up. I just say, God save us all from Scrooge-like politicians, destroying everything, just to ensure, that they might have their backs saved, just in case something goes wrong, and use McChrystal as a scapegoat, although knowing, that this step, might result in us losing everything, and the guys dying for nothing. But these politicians, are not sending their own sons down here to fight. Are they ? Another point is, that Gen. Petraeus, has never been popular anywhere, while he was the NATO-commander, and also very much disliked by the Iraqis, so now he can go to Afghanistan, and, together with the ambassador, start spoiling everything Gen. McChrystal has built up, and we'll just continue dying, and now for no reason at all. Dying for stupid politicians' mad decisions.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |