Afghan insurgents strike U.S. outpost
Afghan police near joint Afghan/NATO base in Kandahar that was scene of an insurgent attack
June 19th, 2012
02:28 PM ET

Afghan insurgents strike U.S. outpost

By Barbara Starr

A band of Afghan insurgents breached a small U.S. outpost in southern Afghanistan early Tuesday, wounding nine coalition troops before all but one of the attackers were killed, two U.S. officials said.

The U.S. officials said at least eight insurgents somehow made their way into the security perimeter at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, in the Arghandab River valley. The area has been the scene of extensive insurgent activity in recent years.

Seven of the attackers were killed and the lone survivor was wounded, the officials said. Neither official could explain how the breach occurred, but initial reports indicate officials believe the insurgents might have had help from Afghan security personnel.

Tuesday's attack follows an incident Monday in which three gunmen in Afghan police uniforms fired on American troops in another location in southern Afghanistan, killing one and wounding several others.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said the past couple of days have been tough, but attacks tend to escalate at this time of year.  "It's not uncommon that in the warm months of the year, violence will increase there in Afghanistan," Kirby said. "Part of that is because of the weather. Part of it is because ISAF and coalition forces are being more aggressive. They're out and about much more, particularly in the south, so there - they have occasion to be in more contact with or more of a problem for the enemy and, therefore, eliciting some of these attacks."

Uniformed Afghans - either insurgents in disguise or members of the country's police or military - have been behind numerous killings of U.S. and NATO troops this year. The incidents have fueled mutual distrust between Afghan and allied forces in the now-decade-old conflict.

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  86. Frontenac Veteran

    Its been two years since this occurred, and now the FOB is closed and most of us that were there are now home or on other assignments. What happened that night will never be truly told to the public, for the most part, no one really cares anymore. With the events unfolding in Iraq now, we can see whats in store for Afghanistan.. complete failure of any organised government to uphold the rights and liberties of their people, and the extremists will roll through and retake all that we have spent blood and treasure to establish. We can never hope to impose freedoms on a people unwilling to fight for them.

    June 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • Kt

      I still have a piece of shrapnel from the mortars used in this attack. What a scary night. The CNN version of the story is so false it is almost humerous.

      April 23, 2015 at 12:23 am | Reply
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        Its funny...I hadnt thought of this for awhile. I was just sotting in my truck checking email and happened to be wearing my " I Survived FOB Frontenac" t-shirt. Made me go back and look at all pics I have from the aftermath of the attack.

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  87. sara

    I believe this attack was part of the Inside Combat Rescue show! when they had to rescue the injured.

    March 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  88. soldier at the fob that was attacked

    Nun of this story is true...far from what happened. They were not dressed as afgan police nor military and their were onlky 6 of them and where all killed. They snuck onto the fob not threw an ecp but another way. 6 us soldiers where wounded in action and 1 afgan national tundra guard of the fob was kia who saved the life of a sgt. and his boss who were heading into danger and he told thim to go the other way seconds before being shot to death. They ran around in the pitch black 4 of them throwing gernades and spraying their ak47s into buildings and bunkers in attempt to take out sleeping or hiding soldiers which they did not succeed, while the other 2 stayed in the back and did IDF shooting rockets at throwing gernades as well. They were takin out as soon as we got eyes on them and everyone is okay, Thank God! Hooah

    June 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Soldier

      You have some of your facts wrong. I am here on the same FOB andI know personally a few of the people who were shot, not all of the injured were shot but it was more than 6 injured. Now I dont know who you are but you need to remember OPSEC. The general population does not need to know every detail of how this stuff went down. You wanna tell people when you get back then great but keep your mouth shut while your out here. Your not the only one reading this. Your probably some no name private who needs to have an NCO's foot up your ass for putting this all on CNN so I suggest from now on before you decide to think, ask your NCO first.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • Tina

        AMEN SOLDIER! Our guys are in enough risk everyday (my son , my friends and his friends included) Didnt you learn about OPSEC? By putting all this out for the general public your putting yourself and the rest of your fellow soldiers at even more risk! Dont you think the insurgents have access to what your putting out there? They can get on the internet too ya know! And what about the family and friends like me at home? Do you really think putting this crap on here is helping ease our minds at all? Why do you think facebook and email and all that stuff is monitored? They dont want us (and the enemy) knowing too much at this point! If your really on that FOB then you already know the hell everyone has already been through, and you should be running off at the mouth online for the world to see. All i got left to say is your damn lucky IM not your NCO! or YOUR MOTHER!

        June 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
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        You are the reason they shut down the internet.... OPSEC saves need to re-take the training. and think about what to put out.

        June 22, 2012 at 11:37 am |
      • anthony

        Exactly, OPSEC... Way to much info for the public

        July 7, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • noneofyourbusiness

      Don't be a dumba$$! Everyone knows that the news cannot get any facts right, but that does not mean for you to come online and start giving up information that can be used against you. OPSEC, practice it fool!

      June 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • andre Wright

      I was their that nite I was their I was a roller fsr contractor with mantec/pd system. I give our us military their props it was a black out fob. the guys came out and fought in the middle of the nite 2:30 to be Exact and fought Until 7:30 the next morning. It seem un real but I was an eye witness to it all. Thank God no one really got heart or more peope killed.

      January 28, 2016 at 7:39 pm | Reply
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    This was written by a Canadian woman, but oh how
    it also applies to the U.S.A. , U.K. And Australia .


    Written by a housewife in New Brunswick , to
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    "Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was
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    I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are
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    I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents'
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    I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow
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    In the meantime, when I hear a story about a
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    I don't care.

    When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the
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    I don't care. Shoot him again.

    When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed 'special' food, that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe, in your heart of hearts:

    I don't care.

    And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes
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    Well, Jimmy Crack Corn you guessed it.

    I don't care!!

    If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to
    all your E-mail Friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to
    the people responsible for this ridiculous behaviour!

    If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete
    button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't
    complain when more atrocities committed by radical
    Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:

    Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering, if
    during their life on earth, they made a difference in
    the world. But, the Soldiers don't have that problem.

    I have another quote that I would like to
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    P.S. I don't care if other political types or other religious types are upset at Harper for saying radical Islamics are Canada's greatest threat because they are.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  92. Sheila

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    June 20, 2012 at 5:32 am | Reply
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  93. Clinton

    I don't get it. We used to fight wars with objectives, we learned a huge lesson in Vietnam that cost tens of thousands of US servicemen's lives. You don't fight a war without a clear obtainable objective. I get it, this is where we were attacked from, but the enemy we came to destroy was Al Quaeda, we drove them from power and mostly out of the country in the early years of this war. Since then we've sat around until a homegrown insurgency could form... Our enemy lies directly across the border in Pakistan. Why are we sitting in Afghanistan when Al Quaeda, the group responsible for attacking us is not there... The people of Afghanistan eventually turned against us, because we're occupying their country... our fight wasn't with the people of Afghanistan it was with Al Quaeda... Seriously, we do not owe Afghanistan anything, we came in, destroyed the people we were after, we should have left... let the Afghanis figure out what kind of Government they want and how they want to run their lives, we don't owe them anything... we destroyed the people that attacked us, that should have been our ONLY objective.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Oh yes Clinton, we do have an objective in Afghanistan and that objective is the vast underground mineral resources totalling to well over a trillion dollars. This the media almost never talks about. They just conveniently call it a "war on terrorism".! It's all political!

      June 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

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    TEN YEARS IN & THE POPPY FIELDS ARE BIGGER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE , in 2011 was the largest harvest ever .

    June 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  95. Tina Evans

    Im praying for all our guys over there...this is my sons FOB and hes there.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • brandi01

      Tina I am right there with you! My husband is also at the fob. Im praying for the few wounded american soldiers and there families!

      June 20, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
  96. George Patton

    Only a stupid, crazy fool would say that we still belong in Afghanistan. We need to get the Karzai regime in the Taliban together and then leave just like the Russians did back in 1989!

    June 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Again George, I totally agree!

      June 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • AlexShch

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