Since “combat operations are over” in Afghanistan, are we supposed to ignore violent terrorist attacks like this?
At least 46 people were killed and several others taken hostage Wednesday in a Taliban siege on an Afghanistan airport that houses NATO facilities.
Taliban fighters started attacking the heavily fortified Kandahar Air Field in the southern Afghanistan city Tuesday evening, but by Wednesday night, the assault had been largely contained, a senior defense official told Fox News.
The site contains a civilian airport and a large military base that houses thousands of NATO troops, civilian contractors and Afghan military forces.
The Taliban were met with heavy resistance at the base, but no U.S. personnel have been involved in the fighting, the official said.
“The operation is going very slowly as the Taliban have taken six people hostage including two women and two children, so we have to act cautiously,” Dawood Shah Wafadar, commander of the 205 Atal army corps in southern Afghanistan, told Reuters.
Wafadar added that nine Taliban members were killed out of a 14-member assault force. Afghanistan’s defense ministry said 37 civilians and members of the security forces also were killed in the attacks, the BBC reports.
A spokesman for NATO’s Resolute Support mission told Reuters that there have been no reports of casualties among the international personnel at the base.
Officials say all flights to and from Kandahar have been canceled.
We’re not supposed to say anything about that, right? Because you can be certain President Obama won’t say a damn thing about it.
As Allen West points out, someone failed to tell the enemy that “combat operations are over.” They didn’t get the memo. They’re still waging a war in Afghanistan, no matter what Barack Obama says.
Lt. Col. West was stationed at Kandahar Air Base for 30 months. He writes:
I can attest that Kandahar Air Field is a massive complex and the fact that the enemy would endeavor to assault the base reflects no sense of defeat, but of being emboldened. There was never any consideration that the Taliban assault would take over the airfield. The intention was not to take it over but rather to send the message that it was not secure.
The strategic objective of the fourteen-member Taliban assault force was to demonstrate that here, even in the winter months, the Taliban is still relevant and viable. They still retain the capability, capacity and will to conduct terrorist operations against government facilities and transportation infrastructure.
So while the Middle East burns, we’ll get nothing at all from Barack Obama. Because “combat operations are over” and it’s a field day for the enemy over there.
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Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.