July 13th, 2010
02:51 PM ET

Officials: Afghan villagers repel insurgents

Kabul, Afghanistan — Villagers in eastern Afghanistan repelled an insurgent attack Tuesday, an incident that left an Afghan civilian and "numerous" Taliban dead, the NATO-led command said.

The incident took place in Ghazni province, where Taliban fighters tried to attack the village of Aalai Shahea. After unsuccessful attempts to overpower the village, they were "met with effective resistance" by its residents and quickly left the scene, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

The event is one in a series of examples of villagers withstanding and repelling insurgent attacks, including the successful defense of a village in the Gizab district in southeast Afghanistan in April that resulted in several insurgent deaths and four arrests, the statement said.

The insurgents traveled from neighboring Uruzgan province to conduct Tuesday's attack on the village, which is largely populated by Afghan security forces and their families, ISAF said.

"Attacking local people in their houses and villages demonstrates how desperate the Taliban have become in their failing operations to terrorize the Afghan people, and today the villagers fought back and won," said Maj. Paul Oliver, a military spokesman.


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  1. Smith in Oregon

    @ Jerry, I agree, US Military troops are not nation builders and American taxpayers can no longer afford Oil Wars to Nowhere.

    July 16, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. GT66

    This is exactly how it should be happening. Until villagers there decide to start protecting themselves from the blood thirsty Taliban loonies, there is no way we will succeed on our own.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      If the French did the same thing in WW2 to the Resistance,the Allies would have had a much harder time fighting the Germans after the D-day landing.Why should the Afghans collaborate with NATO???

      July 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rivirivi

    I applaud those villagers defending their homes and families against a bunch of thugs, the Taliban and Alqaeda are full of stupid brain washed side blinded men who have been lied to for so long, they really believe that their own God would be happy when they kill, maim, nail bomb humans their own God made. The losers of Taliban and Alqaeda dishonor Allah by hating the other groups of people of this world which Allah also made. THey need to know the truth, too bad they behead anyone who tries to tell them they were lied to by every Iman they know.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      The only 'fabrications' we are interested here are the fabrication of the fuselage and the wings of the Predator Drones that are such effective terrorist killers. They are however not yet 'programed' just controlled remotely.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Don't forget these godless drones are butchering thousands of defenseless peasants,but the right-wing news media will never tell us that,Bledsoe.The rotten butchers who operate them need to be indicted and brought to justice,don't you agree with me???

      July 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Jerry,you nailed it!They really need to prosecute those filthy creeps who operate those cursed drones,butchering thousands of defenseless people.The people blogging in here bragging on them turn my stomach upside down!!!

      July 16, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. No Senator's Son

    @Anabel: Locals in Afghanistan are paid for their support of eh local government or U.S. forces either directly or through funding of projects ( i.e. building a canal, a school, ect...) if they provide information on the Taliban or anti-government forces. Either way, they are paid to do something they should have done for themselves. It is always better to die on feet than live on your knees.

    July 15, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      It is better to live one day as a lion than a lifetime as a coward.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        Whether they are paid to build roads or to defend their own people their actions are affirmative. The more they see themselves having worth and standing up to the bullies the better.

        July 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Anabel,that's the very reason we can't win in Afghanistan.By standing up to bullies(the NATO forces) the Afghan people will support the Taliban as they along stand between Afghanistan and foreign domination.

        July 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smith in Oregon

      Helicopters filled with pallets of stacks of newly minted 100 US dollar bills for the corrupt Karzai clan and various drug lords and war lords in Afghanistan, No Problem! A million unemployed American's getting screwed by the same Republican pile of morass and a big 'hell no' to extending unemployment benefits is a callous, crass slap across the faces of America.

      July 16, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    Right! With the Afghanistan people not trusting the Karzai Afghanistan Police and frequently calling on the Taliban fighters to settle any disputes, this article alludes to the Afghanistan people turning against the Taliban? Propaganda is indeed live and kicking.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      It certainly seems so in your mind at least.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Smith in Oregon

        US Military troops are not nation builders and American taxpayers can no longer afford Oil Wars to Nowhere.

        July 16, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Doctor Clark

    Its good that the afghans are learning how to fight the terrorists better!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      You mean they're learning to kill their own people for the highest bidder.Forget all that right-wing bla-bla-bla about these people defending themselves as the right-wing media wants us to believe.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        The people they are defending themselves from are their enemies. Why should they not get paid for doing their job do you think their families should starve? I hope indeeed they are paid a great deal more than the taliban and their supporters.

        July 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Come on,Funny boy,I'd rather speak for myself and quit making your idiotic comments under my name.It makes me look stupid.

        July 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GWisReal

    Can somebody find out the ethnic tribe of the villagers? Pashtun villagers willing to fight the Pashtun Taliban would mean great progress.

    July 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      When the C.I.A.pays one off,it's no longer relevant which ethnic tribe one belongs to,GWisReal.Barack Obama is fully prepared to buy his victory over Islam if he cannot achieve it militarily no how much American taxpayer money it takes.

      July 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GWisReal

      Money can't buy everything. Read the stories about Afgan troops killing their Nato trainers. Just cause they get paid, don't mean they can be trusted. The ethnic tribal connection still matter in this day and age. If we were ever going to get a handle on this situation, we need to understand these things. Taliban is mainly a Pashtun militia. Not really a surprise if other tribes resist them. That'd just be tribal warfare. It'd be more interesting if the villagers were themselves Pashtun.

      July 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CYRUS HOWELL

    YES. YES.
    THE TALIBAN ARE NOT THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN FIGHT.
    They are like Calvera the bandit and his gang in the film, The Magnificent Seven.

    July 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      What's so magnificent about fighting with vastly superior weaponry(all the helicoptors,planes,drones,artillery and what have you) against poorly armed "bandits" or whatever you call the Taliban?

      July 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Try it just once you will love it.

        July 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Come on,Bledsoe(or Funny boy),quit trying to make a sick joke out of this war.Have you nothing of respect for our troops?

        July 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook

        That goes for me too,Funny boy.Your dastardly jokes have no place here.Are you totally devoid of any shame???

        July 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TXPDelta

    If we take what was in the story for fact, this is the way I see it. The village contains many Afghan security forces people and their families. The Insurgents are the enemy of the ASF (at least today). Had the ASF and the other villagers not put up a fight, we'd bee reading a story about how the Insurgents killed everyone they could in an eastern Afghanistan village before Coalition forces could react. It boils down to attackers and defenders.

    July 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. young muslims, take note

    no one thinks you are a hero. you want to be a shaheed, you'll be killed by muslim villagers and fed to dogs.

    July 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      If these Racist had their way we be under Hitler are the Communist!!! If the Republican has their way we just might be worse than that... We are losing our Middle Class today!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tim

    I do not know why Arabs or Muslims in general do not stand up to terrorists. I mean terrorism kills more Muslims than it does "Westerners". Estimates in Iraq in 2005 said that 250,000 civilians had been killed in the fighting not to mention all the other countries where terrorists blow themselves up in markets, public transportation, and places of business. It just seems crazy that they would not want to end the violence.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      So the information you get from the Bible you believe to be untrue, why do you use it to contradict Christians and their beliefs in Jesus? If you believe that Jesus was the son of God how can you show so much disrespect to others who have the same faith? You did say Jesus was born of the virgin Mary!

      July 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Because they hate the Jews and Americans more!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      If the World didn't have the Jews... They still be in the stone age!!! The Jewish People are what makes Country the way they are... The Muslin only have the Rich and Poor!!! That is what the Republicans are trying to do with This Country...

      July 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AD

    To everyone who says they were paid to do this – who cares? A win is a win. If we would have followed the SF model we would have flooded the country with cash and weapons right at the start and our boys would be home by now. It is much more cost effective to hire locals to the fighting. The taliban pay thier fighters around $200 a month. If we piad $400 a month we would mooch the majority of thier forces and still only be paying a fraction of what a GI is paid. Our problem is we think with our balls instead of our brains.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      To those People if they got $100 month they be happy!!! Most only make .50 hour salary for their work... Why do you think Our Corporations moved to countries like that!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      The Republicans are trying to bring Our wages down to complete with Theirs!!! Instead of making their goods cost what our goods cost here... Why do you think they want to make the Illegals legal!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    That's what it is going to take, to see peace.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Val

    This a good sign. This means that Afgans are becoming more capable of defending themselves without help. There is still a lot of work to do, but this is a sign that we MIGHT be able to pull our combat troops out of Afghanistan sooner or later. I guess there is a light at the end of the tunnel, after all.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Val,it goes to show just what billions of dollars can buy.Most people can forget God and country if they were paid enough.

      July 14, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      You have that right!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    OH BOY: Religion, Politics, Wars, and everyone's opinions! I wonder what countries who deny their people the freedom to make comments like we do would have to say? Are we really suppossed to get a "warm & fuzzy" feeling that this one incident, from one village, and after 8yrs. is going to change anything? And lets not forget that religion has been, and continues to be, one of the main reasons people go crazy and start killing! The entire Muslim world is suffering because of these non-Muslim, sub-human fanatics, who have perverted their beleifs only to justify their cause.
    Wars are an ugly, dehumanizing business. Innocents are ALWAYS victims or causalities. This is NO justification for anyone who would put bombs on men, women & children, from their own country, to live on this planet!

    July 14, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      If all the Villages fall in line with them it will!!! It is a start...

      July 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        The taliban are not the majority in Afghanistan they are just the biggest bullies. When the local people see them for what they are, more they will decide to resist them.

        July 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Is that what happened to the French Resistance during WW2,Anabel?If it didn't,what makes you think it'll happen in Afghanistan?

        July 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  16. atal

    Daniel-2
    One thing: why are you so negative about the positive things happening in this country......you are against the afghan crickerts winning the games...you are against the local population repelling the taliban...i thnk you are sick....why don't you visit a phscharist...

    July 14, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      That's you're the right-wing fanatic,not me!

      July 14, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.

        You both act like Children!!! Why don't you keep it to the subject and quit this Childish game you both are playing???

        July 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Larry. I think it is a form of mental disease caused by onanism.

        July 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dianne -- Connecticut

    Daniel-2
    Why don't you stop posting your foolish comments?

    July 13, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Why don't you warmongers do the same?I don't think it's wrong not like to like bloodshed!

      July 14, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Carol

        You should have crawled the beaches at Iwo Jima or trudged the landings on European shores or went into the German Forest. You are a foolish child. Hold thy tongue before stupidy flows down thy drooling lips. You have been blessed by the blood of our men on foreign lands. Don't denagrate their sacrifice with your voice crying on wings of war.

        July 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      He has the right to His opinion... Know matter how wrong He is saying them!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      I suspect Daniel-2 cannot help it, it appears to be a form of Tourette's syndrome. He/She cannot help themself.

      July 14, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Johndro

        That was very funny,Bledsoe.We warmongers do need a laugh out of life once in a while.

        July 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        Jary Gondro: That was a big fail in so many ways. Better luck next time sucker.

        July 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Johndro

        Come on Anabel.If you're going to blog my name in here,then spell it right,please.After all,the two of us are on the same side as we're both warmongers and right-wing fools.

        July 15, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        Gary Johndro. Do you often call yourself by a woman's name? you just admitted you think i am using yours.

        July 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mister jack

    You guys should read the article again. The village is "largely populated by Afghan security forces and their families," so what do you think they're going to do? They're going to grab their weapons and shoot up those f***ing Taliban fools, that's what!!!!!

    July 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Thank you for enlightening me mister jack.I just thought that they were paid off by the C.I.A.,but in a way,they were.

      July 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.

        I rather pay them off to help us than have Russia are China pay them off to kill us!!!

        July 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carol

        Daniel-2 You need a lobotomy. Your hummingbird brain is overloading your senses.

        July 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Daniel-2

    Aother field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington!!!

    July 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      And for me too.YABA-DABA-DOO!!!

      July 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      The Republicans are right wing... I consider Myself a Liberal because I support for the Military that is fighting for us!!! Because if it wasn't for us... You wouldn't be able to talk like you do on here!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. joeamerica

    Is this the stupidest story you ever heard, We have coalition troops from countless countries yet the natives that want to fight are unsupported? after all these years we should be aware of who are allies are in the damn country and we should have there back! trained coalition troops are killed weekly yet these poor people are left to fend for themselves? this is the most ridiculous thing I've heard. lets just wait for the Taliban to over run them so they have yet another stronghold to fight us from

    July 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Daniel: I hate to tell you all wars are paid for by the Death and Wounded of your Military!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  21. BILL MONROE USMC --- ATLANTA

    Dan in Lafayette, IN
    I did 2 tours over there so when are you going to shut up and join the fight. You dont have a clue to what the conditions are over there.

    July 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I happen to be 50 years old but if they were to come here I would blow the crap out of the Taliban who call themselves religious people and if I were younger I would be right beside you killing as many of them as i could!

      July 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.

        Talk is cheap!!! Did you fight in any of the wars we have are had??? Until you been in the Service... You don't know what you would do to stay alive!!!

        July 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Bill Monroe, thanks for your service but I do have an idea of what is going on in Afghanistan and surely the people there do not want to return to the 90's when the Taliban ruled but also want a government that works for the people to offer them opportunity. But it surely is a good thing when the villagers stand up to those who once oppressed them and still kill those who are against the Taliban.

      July 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.

        If you haven't been there!!! How can you know what it is like??? By watching it on news sure doesn't tell you!!!

        July 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      Okay, well have you been to Iraq? The locals turning against Al Qaida was the turn of the tides. I've never for to Af but I have to Iraq. I would think local uprisings would be good for the war. How can you refute that?

      July 14, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Don't forget,MaryM that those people were paid off with American taxpayer money.Our "glorious victory" in Iraq was bought and paid for!

        July 14, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        Daniel-2 Do you have proof? if you do it is 'show and tell' time...

        July 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Those that fought in any war does!!! Some are worse than others though!!! Vietnam still was the worse war we ever fought...

      July 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Well it is about time that the population begins to attack these animals who only want to take control over them! If more villagers would stand up and fight against the Taliban who only are fighting for power and control over the people there, then they might realize that their ideology has no religious cause! Their just insane power maniacs who will do anything to regain power! Their destiny is in hell!

    July 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      YABA-DABA-DOO!

      July 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Yaba-Daba-doo!

        July 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Dan,have you any idea how much these villagers were paid to do this?I guess it helps to have billions of dollars to dole out when one's at war,to pay off a lot of people.

      July 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        I suspect they would have been horrified if the had been offered payment for defending themselves. They have a sense of honor, something you obviously lack.

        July 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Anabel,quit disrespecting this country,have you no shame whatsoever?I guess not.

        July 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        I have no respect for you whatsoever madam.

        July 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Matt - USN

        LOL you have no idea what you are talking about. Where is your proof? Liberal magazines and books?? Have you ever been deployed? I doubt it.

        July 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      That's what i would call affirmative action.

      July 14, 2010 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        Hey you,Anabel,enough of your stupid right-wing jokes.Have you no shame???

        July 14, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        BUBBA what ever you call yourself, try to act with some decorum your comments are shameful and full of hate.

        July 14, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      First this guy never said he was Christian, second who are you to twist the Bible and Jesus' teachings? He taught love and respect for everyone. He also taught that the ONLY path to heaven was through HIM. Ergo, if you are Muslim you're not going to heaven according to the Bible. So what Dan said was completely correct, they will be going to hell.

      July 14, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      A true Muslim does not kill a fellow Muslim!

      July 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Jesus told his followers that it would be better to be judged by him than the father!

      July 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      As what they are doing now in Afghanistan!

      July 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Why does a story like this always end up about religion. THERE IS NO GOD!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.

        I feel sorry for you if you don't believe in GOD!!! I wouldn't be here today if there wasn't a GOD... I would have been killed in Vietnam!!! I really believe that...
        Those of you that think Jesus will make your sins go away are Crazy!!! Because only GOD can do that... Because we are all GODS Children!!!

        July 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • april

        Everybody knows there is a God. you're nuts.

        July 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      If they haven't learned that by now they will never learn it!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      The only difference between the Catholic and Muslin is how they are going about doing it!!! The Muslin by force and the Catholic through Politics...

      July 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      That is what I have against all Religions but Budda... They break GODS Law and are forgiven after doing it!!! I try my hardest to live by the 10 commandments... It isn't easy but at least I try!!! I believe it is up to God who is right and who is wrong... So do what you want but don't expect GOD to forgive you just because Your Religion says you are excused from it!!!

      July 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      You presume to speak for all Muslim's do you? Pray tell us all what they think?

      July 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichP, easton, pa

      This needs to continue, educate the female and male children and they also need to teach the women the same combat skills including hand to hand to put them on a more even footing with males who think of them as property that should not be educated and respected.

      July 15, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |