U.S. Embassy in Kabul Attacked by Taliban Rocket Fire, 77 American Troops Injured in Bomb Blast

It’s just the Taliban’s way of reminding everyone that they’re still around.

Insurgents are firing rockets toward the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other official buildings in Kabul, Afghanistan, where a group of attackers are holed up on the 10th floor, Fox News confirms.

ISAF and NATO attack helicopters are pummeling the building with gunfire and have attacked suspected suicide bombers making a bee-line for the embassy, a source tells Fox News.

NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital are also under fire, while suicide bombers struck police buildings in an attack blitz that displayed the ability of militants to bring their fight to the doorsteps of Western power in Afghanistan.

Taliban militants are claiming responsibility for the attacks.

……The American Embassy and NATO both said no staff were wounded. Afghan officials said at least one Afghan police officer, a civilian, and two insurgents had been killed as gunfire and explosions resounded across the city well into the afternoon.

The Interior Ministry said a total of nine people were wounded around the capital. They include four injured by at least two suicide bombers attacks in the western part of the capital.

The surge of violence was a stark reminder of the instability that continues to plague Afghanistan nearly a decade after the U.S. invasion that ousted the Taliban for harboring Al Qaeda, which carried out the 9/11 plane hijackings.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/13/police-insurgents-firing-rockets-towards-us-embassy-in-afghanistan/

The Taliban set off a truck bomb on an American base in eastern Afghanistan Saturday night, wounding nearly 80 Americans and killing five Afghan civilians in a deadly strike that served as a fresh reminder of the consequences of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The bombing took place on the same weekend that the world is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the deadliest attack on U.S. soil that killed nearly 3,000 Americans and led to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Just hours before the bombing, the Taliban vowed to keep fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan until all American troops leave the country. The insurgent movement also stressed that it had no role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

A Taliban suicide bomber carried out Saturday’s attack by detonating a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood, NATO said Sunday. It was unclear how many foreign and Afghan soldiers were serving on the base.

“Most of the force of the explosion was absorbed by the protective barrier at the outpost entrance,” NATO said, adding that the damage was repairable and that operations were continuing.

NATO said none of the 77 injuries sustained by the Americans was life-threatening. Spokesman Maj. Russell Fox said Sunday that all the international troops at the combat outpost are American.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/11/bomb-at-us-base-in-afghanistan-wounds-77-americans/

After they’re done with their little attack, they’ll sneak back across the border into Pakistan to regroup. The government in Islamabad has been very accomodating.

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