This morning I posted an urgent update about this story with links to PJ Tobia’s blog. Here is another update from Scott to me along with several pictures.

 

Eight suicide bombers attacked Gardez today. Two detonated themselves, four were killed by Afghan forces before being able to detonate their suicide vests, and two escaped. The Afghan forces performed brilliantly. They received intel early in the day and were able to minimize the damage from the attacks. Unfortunately, four Afghan soldiers were killed in the process, but civilian casualties were minimal to none. Following the attacks, patrols were dispatched to attempt to find the two bombers that escaped.

The attack, by tactical considerations, was a failure for the Taliban. Their inability to effectively fight the Afghan and Coalition Forces has left them with tactics that try to instill fear in the populous. Three to four hours following the attacks, I drove through the markets with the 203rd Corp Afghan Army SGT. Major, and the markets were full and busy. This was a good day for the Afghan forces.

WARNING- GRAPHIC PICTURES BELOW

 

1_US forces in Gardez

US Army forces patrolling downtown Gardez

 

2_Govenor's mansion

Dead attacker outside of Paktia Province Governor’s Mansion (notice BLUE BURKA laying next to him)

 

3_Traffic circle near ANP HQ_2

Gardez Traffic Circle near Afghan National Police HQ

 

4_ANP headquarters

Dead Insurgent outside of Afghan National Police HQ

 

5_NDS guard shack

National Directorate of Security (Afghan FBI) building Guard Shack

 

6_NDS

Dead insurgent outside of National Directorate of Security compound

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