August 30th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Soldiers fight off attacks on two military bases

Afghan and coalition soldiers fought off assaults on two military bases Saturday and killed more than 20 insurgents, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

The fighting occurred in Khost province, a volatile province on Afghanistan's rugged border with Pakistan.

Insurgents clad in U.S. military uniforms and wielding rocket-propelled grenades and small arms "simultaneously launched attacks" against Forward Operating Base Salerno and Forward Operation Base Chapman.

Chapman is the same place where a suicide bomber killed seven CIA officers on December 30.

Troops killed about 15 insurgents at Salerno and six at Chapman. Five insurgent fighters were captured and were in ISAF custody.

A Haqqani network operative who helps carry out bombings and two other insurgents died in an airstrike while fleeing Salerno in a vehicle. Two insurgents who got into Salerno were killed by soldiers. The Haqqani network is a militant group with ties to al Qaeda.

"We are tightening our grip on the insurgents and as a result they are attempting anything and everything as a last ditch effort," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF spokesman. "The insurgents gave their best effort and came up short."

Afghan police and ISAF members seized a car bomb and a vehicle carrying ammunition. Forces also seized suicide vests, rifles and unexploded munitions.

Four ISAF soldiers were injured, and three have returned to duty. The fourth was set to return to duty soon. No base facilities were damaged.

CNN's Joe Sterling contributed to this report

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  1. payton lindahl

    my weiner is big

    October 27, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brett Favre's Fan (a.k.a. ybs)

    We'll fak it up theirs (Al Qaeda/Taliban's) so hard that they will be as good as dead! The only way the Taliban could maintain power is to hand over Osama bin's and/or Mullah Omar's head on a plate! Just watch! 🙂

    September 2, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. dindy Sri lanka

    All these news proves one thing. Taliban has supporters in Afghanistan and if not they get support by forcing them to do. This war will take a long time . In sri lanka the government announced at the end every time and maximum time that the citizens who are on government side come to the army camps and who ever want to be with Ltte be with them. Many brave innocent civilians came to Army camps though the terrorists were shooting at them. of course some terrorists also came. One blew off near the army camp too. But government could collect lots of civilians with the help of forces. After that the forces went to fight fave to face and finished the war. In Afghanistan .. also it is same thing. TERRORISTS ARE AMONG PEOPLE. It is really difficult for US and NATO to fight such thing. This situation must take seriously by the US government.Pakistan can help and I think they do. yet the main base for Taliban is Afghanistan as it seems. It is sad to see war and floods both have attacked Pakistan. Hope the both situation will get under controlled as Pakistan too has a great Army.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Maritta

    Why aren't we taking care of our own troops. If they have to kill the enemy so be it. Not ONE American life is worth that entire country. Tell me again why Pakistan should get aid?

    August 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      It shouldn't,Maritta.What Pakistan needs is a Communist revolution and the withdrawal of all foreign personal and influence.

      August 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |

        Well said,Joe.

        August 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Still posting under other peoples names eh Daniel-2. How is Uncle Kim today? Is he keeping well?

        September 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |