Sunday, August 9, 2015

Update: 7th Special Forces Group soldier KIA, another WIA in Afghanistan attack

An attack on a NATO Special Forces base in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday killed one Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier and wounded another. Master Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna has now been identified as the Green Beret Killed In Action. He was a Rhode Island native and this was his sixth Combat tour in his 17 years of service. The soldiers were deployed as part of Operation Resolute Support, which began Jan. 1. American and coalition forces taking part in the mission serve as advisers and trainers to Afghan forces. “A coalition facility (Camp Integrity) was attacked at 10:15 p.m., 7 August,” Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement to Fox News. “One Resolute Support service member, eight Resolute Support contracted Afghan civilians, and four insurgent attackers were killed.”

Tribus said several coalition forces and Afghan contractors were injured in the attack, but that all personnel had been accounted for and the base had been secured.

Friday’s attack followed a massive truck bombing that targeted a residential area in Kabul that killed 15 people and wounded more than 200. Security forces say they have thwarted a number of attempts to bring large caches of explosives into the capital, and at least one truck bomb exploded this year while attempting to enter the city limits.

On the same day, a suicide bomber attacked recruits outside a police academy and killed at least 20 cadets and wounded 24.

The Taliban have claimed the police academy attack and the NATO base assault, without mentioning the truck bombing. The insurgents often don’t claim attacks that kill women and children.

President Ashraf Ghani promised to retaliate against the perpetrators. He linked the Kabul attacks to the recent announcement by his government that Taliban figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar had been dead for more than two years.

Article from NWF Daily News

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