August 30th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Officials: 13 would-be suicide bombers killed

Afghan and coalition soldiers killed more than 30 insurgents, including 13 would-be suicide bombers, as they fought off assaults on two military bases and government buildings in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday.

The attacks, which happened Saturday morning, were led by Haqqani network insurgents and were against Forward Operating Base Salerno and Forward Operating Base Chapman, ISAF said. Both bases are located in Khost province, a volatile region on Afghanistan's rugged border with Pakistan.

The Haqqani network is a militant group with ties to al Qaeda.

Insurgents clad in U.S. military uniforms and wielding rocket-propelled grenades and small arms launched simultaneous attacks on the two bases, ISAF said. ISAF had previously reported more than 20 insurgents had died in the fighting.

Thirteen of the insurgents killed were wearing suicide vests, ISAF said, adding that Afghan and coalition soldiers followed up on intelligence tips and later captured a commander involved in planning the attacks.

"The insurgents' attempts to attack ISAF or Afghan government facilities were defeated again. The insurgent leadership who direct these ill-conceived attacks far from the actual battlefield knows their low-level fighters have no chance of success against these targets," Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, an ISAF spokesman, said in a statement.

Separately on Sunday, ISAF said Afghan and international forces captured a senior Taliban commander in Logar province. Zia Ul-Haq is accused of helping foreign fighters and suicide bombers get into the capital, Kabul.

He was captured along with a sub-commander and another insurgent on Wednesday, ISAF said in a statement.

Chapman is the same base where a suicide bomber killed seven CIA officers late last year.

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  1. g

    I hope the ignorant Af-Pak Taliban foot soldiers continue to follow orders and martyr themselves. I think they should attempt this on a daily basis. It really is a tragedy that the rank and file are so desperate they can be led to believe that a suicide mission (whether self inflicted or compliments of ISAF) is the best thing they can do for themselves and their family on a given night. Don't they realize they they are beyond expendable and this is essentially an easy way for their employer to try to get some value from them but also ensure they never have to pay them? It is no wonder that the Taliban are so opposed to any education. We need to carpet bomb the entire region with some enlightened self interest.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Grimlock

      No wonder our country's in such bad shape economically with like minded people like you running things in Washington.We need to vote all you warmongers out of office and start anew but with so much ignorance and fanaticism running rampant,that's not likely to happen anytime soon.

      August 31, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Warmongers?

        You forgot that THEY started the war. Another thing, Iraq anti-war lingo ain't going to work because THEY started the war. We'll stay there until Osama Bin Laden is dead or captured. It's easy to say "well, we have time on our hands so that when you leave we will declare victory..." That is the most idiotic comment I have ever heard. Even the Nazis weren't stupid enough to make that argument. We kill so many of the enemy a month, it would boggle your mind.

        Lastly, if someone gives you some crap about no one ever conquering the Afghans, well, just mention Alexander the Great who did just that over 2000 years ago. Oh, I forgot, he eventually left so I guess the Afghans won.

        September 2, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Grimlock and Dan, you two are P****ies and need to shut the FOOk UP Beeeeooooooches!!!! Go change your tampons Beeeooooochhhhhs!!!

        September 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Look Phunnie boy,I don't mind you so much usurping my name as I do with your using that filthy Tea Party lingo in order to vomit your right-wing ignorance under it.I wish that you'd kindly quit,please.

        September 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your dogging on Hinduism

      But wasn't Islam spread by the point of a sword in most cases? Isn't the way you reckon time from when mohammad became a warlord? Didn't muslims invade Spain and Europe first and not vice versa?

      Hindus are more peaceful than muslims in my opinion. Check it out, I don't like the conservative feel to this site but it does give a decent history lesson.

      September 2, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. pamiri

    now its easy for the terrorist to enter the military bases becasue Karzai is supporting them, and there is some new recruitment of those people by Karzai, who are Taliban

    August 31, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. dindy Sri lanka

    All the peace loving people who are in thirst for justice will win no matter what the rest is believing

    August 31, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |

      If what you say is true,that means that the NATO forces cannot win!!!

      August 31, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        How right you are,Bubba!!!

        August 31, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        dindy. It looks like he stole your name too...

        August 31, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Are you that desperate to steel my name?

        September 1, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Capt'n Dubya

    Huzzah good work!

    August 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grimlock

      Don't we have enough people spewing that right-wing already?How old it gets!

      August 31, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Maritta

    Is that all we killed?

    August 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Are you really that bloodthirsty,Maritta? Do you harbor that much hate? No wonder the Tea Partiers are so successful in recruiting new members with all this hatred running so rampant across the country! How sad it is!!!

      August 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Capt'n Dubya

        You are deadwrong. Those suicide bombers already chose death for themselves. The only question was how many of our troops they were going to take with them. The faster they are eliminated before they can do the work of their devil the safer our troops will be ... you know the troops putting their lives on the line to keep you from being enslaved. Its not hate to be glad our troops won!

        August 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |

      Here's some more of that right-wing bla-bla-bla.It never ends,does it Capt'n Dubya?

      August 31, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Maritta. Sadly yes but to look on the bright side most of them were on a 'one way ticket' anyway.

      August 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |

    Another field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington! I bet that they're happy now,hip,hip,hurray or should I say,Sieg Heil???

    August 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      BUBBA–ALABAMA STYLE, should you say,Sieg Heil? No stop the childish language games already.

      August 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        I bet that they'll be singing up a storm in Washington tonight over this one.

        August 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        That's because you have absolutely no knowledge of the Russian language. In fact,I bet that you can't even speak any language other than English,can you? No surprise there.

        August 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mnsoldier

      you are such a D-bag, I am sure you are just a 12 yr old child spouting the religious cr@p you daddy says. You have no concept of reality and only spread hate. May your uncle have aids and pass it to you during you muslim man training.

      September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gary Johndro


    August 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Never mind that,Phunnie boy.Lets just enjoy our field day,please.

      August 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Hey Paramedic Andy,can you just forget that Tea Party lingo?Please do.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • My Conservative Texas Kicks Your California Tail all Day!

      Sweet! Nothing better than a bunch of ragheads being sent to meet their 70 black eyed virgins early!! Just a question...why do they have black eyes, and why are they all virgins...begin the jokes now!!!

      September 2, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Screw Texass

        Never been beat by a Texan. I doubt you could kick even half of our asses, being that half the population is women.

        September 2, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
      • My Conservative Texas Kicks Your California Tail all Day!

        1/2 of your population of men ACT like women, riding side-saddle! C'mon, you make it entirely TOO easy!!!! Better yet, let's have a boxing match...oh wait, the sporting goods stores won't take California IOU's either!!! When will you wake up and realize that your ways are NOT working?

        September 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Palestinians arrest Hamas after attack
      UPI Wed, 01 Sep 2010 04:56 AM PDT
      HEBRON, West Bank, Sept. 1 (UPI) - After the fatal shooting of four Israelis, the Palestinian Authority rounded up more than 200 Hamas members in the West Bank, an Israeli army official said. Hamas – Israel – Palestinian National Authority – West Bank – Israel Defense Forces

      September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • GodlessInNewYork

      Keep making em, we'll keep killing them. Killing in the name of!

      September 2, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • gw

      You guys are still letting yourselves be trolled by a 12 year old kid?

      September 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |