Taliban claim attack on Jalalabad airfield

The Taliban took credit for today’s assault on Forward Operating Base Fenty at the Jalalabad airport in Nangarhar province, in which at least six Taliban fighters were killed, the assault force was routed, and no Afghan or US casualties were incurred.

The statement, released by spokesman Zabihullah Muhajid at the Voice of Jihad website, is reproduced in full below. It serves as an excellent example of the propaganda cranked out by the Taliban on a daily basis. ISAF said no US or Afghan troops were killed in the attack. The US military couldn’t hide losses like this even if it wanted to.

More than 37 US invaders and 35 puppets were killed with 9 US attack helicopters and 2 unmanned aerial vehicles or drones destroyed in a large scale attack carried out by Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate on Jalalabad airbase early Saturday morning at around 6:00 am, Zabihullah Mujaid reported from the area.

According to the details, a group of 14 martyr-seeking Mujahideen equipped with heavy and small arms and explosives vests rocked the airbase. Witnesses told Zabhullah Mujahid that Mujahideen divided into different group some of them kept attacking the enemy outside the airbase, while the others carried attacks using heavy and small fire drawing the enemy into firefight and conducted martyrdom attacks targeting the US invaders and Afghan cowardly soldiers inside the airfield, however one group of Mujahideen began targeting the helicopters and the fighter jets.

As many as 37 US invaders were killed and 35 Afghan cowardly soldiers were killed or wounded during the face-to-face fighting and martyrdom operations, while 7 of the enemy trained dogs were killed.

11 of the group of 14 martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen became martyrs carrying martyr attack on the enemy and in gunbattles, whereas 3 Mujahideen have made a safe return.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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