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'Multiple explosions' occur around coalition airfield in eastern Afghanistan
Multiple explosions occurred "in the vicinity of Jalalabad Airfield" in eastern Afghanistan, an allied military spokesman said Sunday.

Jamie Graybeal of the International Security Assistance Force said he has not seen any reports of Taliban getting on to the base, though he added officials were still "on the scene gathering facts."

Jalalabad is in eastern Afghanistan, about midway between the Afghan capital of Kabul and the western Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The city is the capital of Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan's volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Terrorists and militants have been active in Nangarhar, which includes Tora Bora -- where the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden escaped after a 2001 battle with coalition forces.

And the Jalalabad airfield, which contains U.S. troops, has been targeted before. Last April, four suicide bombers wearing women's burqas tried to launch an attack there, airfield commander Jahangir Azimi said at the time.
Posted by:tipper

#11  The base is home to the Afghan Air Force training center, and may also (by now) house many of the other training schools for the Air Force. It has been heavily refurbed and was to have become the jewel of the Afghan Air Force.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins   2012-12-02 23:17  

#10  I'll never understand or comprehend their willingness to blow themselves up
YS, this trait comes under the biological heading of choosing not to have progeny. This includes being gay, being celibate etc. It comes from nature i.e it is natural (sui gereris) which means it's in the genes and not under rational control. As it is in the genes it means it is not confines to humans but can go deep down to, for instance bees and ants. It might help explain why some bees give up their right to breed to enhance the continuation of the hive.I.e it goes against the selfish gene hypothesis.
As its in the genes it's easy to call up, simply show that it will help the community.
All you need to do is set the scene and "volunteers" will put themselves forward. See kamikaze pilots.
Posted by: tipper   2012-12-02 22:48  

#9  I'll never understand or comprehend their willingness to blow themselves up.

As I believe the ancient Aztecs were also really big into human sacrifices just like Islam - and they had willing 'victims' as well. (and no doubt unwilling victims as well).

As I recall back then the victim's had their every desire met right up until the heart was ripped out.
Posted by: CrazyFool   2012-12-02 19:49  

#8  Sam, Pakistan has no withdrawl date from Afghanistan, we do.

What's the old joke, the North Vietnamese won because they didn't have an exit strategy.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain   2012-12-02 18:30  

#7  Sam

They believe they are fighting for Islam against the Jews/Christians.

Posted by: Hupusosing Grinese3585   2012-12-02 18:25  

#6  I'll never understand or comprehend their willingness to blow themselves up. It just boggles my mind how they continue to find people to do this when the results are so minimal
Posted by: Yosemite Sam   2012-12-02 18:17  

#5  The Pakistanis are upset we targeted one of their own. Mullah Nazir.
Posted by: Hupusosing Grinese3585   2012-12-02 18:02  

#4  Is there a " Wireless Free Zone" of unknown depth for scanning and detonating on approaches? If there isn't, there should be. They could call it the kill zone.
Posted by: Solomon Protector of the Texans5923   2012-12-02 15:25  

#3  glorious victory for the Talibunnies!
Posted by: Frank G   2012-12-02 11:22  

#2  More from Tolo News:

Nine insurgents, two of them suicide bombers, launched an early morning attack on a US base in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, officials said.

Two bombers blew up their explosive-laden vehicle at the main gate of the base -- the entrance to Jalalabad airport too – paving the way for seven other armed insurgents to start a four-hour gun-battle with foreign and Afghan troops stationed there.

Two civilians have been killed and four others wounded in the gunfire, police sources told TOLOnews.

Afghan and Nato forces have not suffered any casualties, local officials said.

The Afghan and Nato forces were able to gun down all the attackers by 9:30am local time.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance cleaning the way for several others to make their way onto the base.
Posted by: trailing wife   2012-12-02 01:17  

#1  Update
Posted by: tipper   2012-12-02 00:08