Afghanistan: 77 US Troops Wounded

Seventy-seven U.S. Military were wounded at a NATO military base in Wardak Province, Eastern Afghanistan when a Taliban truck bomb detonated on Saturday night, Afghanistan time. Today’s September 11, 2001 ceremonies of remembrance were held as scheduled. None of the wounds are life threatening. The Taliban released a statement saying “The Afghans have an endless stamina for a long war,” and “Afghans will send Americans to the dustbin of history like they sent other empires of the past.”

Afghanistan - Wardak Province

A video at the link below says NATO did not release the nationalities of those wounded but in the article quoted it clearly says “Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded…”

CTVNews:

The blast, which occurred late Saturday, shaved the facades from shops outside the Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province and broke windows in government offices nearby, said Roshana Wardak, a former parliamentarian who runs a clinic in the nearby town of the same name. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eight wounded civilians were brought to Wardak’s clinic, two of them with wounds serious enough that they were sent to Kabul. She said one 3-year-old girl died of her wounds on the way to the clinic.

The attack was carried out by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood, NATO said. 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.

Fewer than 25 Afghan civilians were also wounded, NATO said, adding that none of the 77 injuries sustained by the Americans were life-threatening. Spokesman Maj. Russell Fox said Sunday that all the international troops at the combat outpost are American.

The truck bombing came hours after the Taliban vowed to keep fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan until all American troops leave the country and stressed that their movement had no role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

God bless and keep our Military on this September 11, 2011, and may they be allowed to fight the war that was declared against America on September 22, 2001 – many sent over and over and over to fight in the last ten years.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook