2013 Fighting season underway

Between brazen attacks on the airport…

Taliban insurgents on Monday launched a grenade and gun attack on Kabul airport, firing on military facilities before being overwhelmed in an operation hailed as a victory for Afghan security forces.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up and all five other attackers were killed when elite Afghan troops stormed two multi-storey buildings where the militants were holed up near the airport’s perimeter fence.Read more at http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/17541616/taliban-target-kabul-airport-in-ongoing-attack/

…Green on Blue attacks…

The shooting in Paktika province is the latest in a string of attacks in which infiltrators or disgruntled Afghan police or soldiers have killed international troops working with them.

The killings threaten to shake the confidence and trust of the two sides as withdrawal of most international troops approaches in 2014.

Read more at http://news.sky.com/story/1101060/afghan-insider-attack-kills-three-americans

…and RBIEDs**…

Watching the man over closed-circuit television, they ordered him to strip naked, which he did. Satisfied, they let him get dressed and took him to see their boss upstairs.Then he blew up. The suicide bomber killed only himself, but Mr. Khalid sustained severe abdominal wounds as well as injuries to his hands and arms.

Now, months after that attack, on Dec. 6, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, Shafiqullah Tahiri, confirmed that the attacker had hidden the bomb inside his rectum.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/world/asia/attacker-in-afghanistan-hid-bomb-in-his-body.html?_r=0

there is no doubt that the full blown fighting season has begun in Afghanistan. I am so glad we are keeping soldiers there just to watch our stuff until we can get it all back (snarkiness). The pull out needs to happen now, not in 2014.

** Rectum-borne Improvised Explosive Device

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