Monday, December 21, 2015

6 US Troops killed in Taliban suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan

Dateline Mon Dec 21, 2015
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

Major media are reporting 6 US soldiers, on patrol outside the wire in a joint US-Afghan effort, were killed by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle.

A suicide bombing near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan killed six U.S. troops and wounded two other Americans and an interpreter, a senior U.S. defense official confirms to Fox News.

As reported by the UK Telegraph:

The attack comes 24 hours after Taliban insurgents stormed Sangin district centre in Helmand, deepening concerns that Afghan security forces are unable to contain the militant group without greater support from international troops. 

More than 100 British troops died to protect Sangin, an opium-rich district located in the Taliban’s traditional heartland. 

On Monday night, the Taliban still controlled key government buildings in Sangin and most of the surrounding district. 

Astute Readers of this blog will recognize that the struggle for control centers only around the "opium-rich district", an area of Afghanistan that has seen a
35-fold increase in opium capacity since the US footprint made itself known.

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