September 24th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

Insiders recount fighting off insurgents inside Afghanistan's Camp Bastion

By Barbara Starr

It was after dinner at Camp Bastion on Friday, September 14, when the first shots rang out. Maintenance officer Maj. Greer Chambless was with fellow U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, the squadron commander, moving some gear.

"We looked up the flight line and quickly realized that the airfield was under attack. There was maybe one second where we were thinking what to do and then Col. Raible sprang into action," Chambless told CNN.

Before the night was over, a brutal firefight raged across the airfield. As helicopters backed them up with fire from the air, U.S. and British troops fought together on the ground for hours against Taliban insurgents attacking the base in Afghanistan.

It would be become a night of tragedy and heroism for many.

It was an audacious insurgent attack right from the start. Fifteen Taliban fighters infiltrated onto the base by blasting through a security fence along the eastern perimeter. Dressed in American military-style uniforms they quickly divided into three groups of five; one group headed right for the flight line.

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"Col. Raible was positioned to the north of me. We see flaming aircraft. We see the enemy shooting at us. We're seeking cover. We're hearing small arms fire," Chamless said.

"Then at some point soon there after, we see another (rocket-propelled grenade) shot towards us and towards our building. So during this whole time I'm hearing Lt. Col. Raible directing the Marines and positioning them to continue to fight the enemy in order to protect the airfield and protect the rest of the Marines."

As squadron commander, Raible's job was to fly the unit's AV-8B Harrier jets providing air cover for troops on the ground. But many of the Marines on the airfield on that late night shift were maintenance or fuel specialists, getting the planes ready for the next day in the skies over Afghanistan.

That did not matter when Raible initially asked for Marines to go outside onto the field with him.

"They were Marines so he said 'Hey, I need volunteers to bring the fight to these guys,' and we had to choose from the volunteers because there were many of them," Chambless said.

Chamless said what confronted them next was a chaotic scene. "Surreal is probably a better word for it," he added.

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Six jets were on fire and destroyed, the fuel storage area was ablaze. Taliban fighters were shooting at the Marines from behind concrete bunkers on the airfield.

"We're hearing ammunition beginning to cook off as well as their rounds that they are firing at us. We're hearing the sounds of fire as the gases release from the aircraft. So, it was, like I said, a surreal scene to behold," Chamless said.

A short distance away, Staff Sgt. Gustavo Delgado - a supply sergeant - was leading another small team in the counterattack. He had just come from his nightly gym workout when the attack erupted.

He knew he had two Marines on duty on the airfield, and he raced to find them. The Marines all found safe positions from which they could fire back. But Delgado said it was like something out of the movies.

"The fire was huge you can smell it, you can hear all the snapping and cracking and all around the walls, all around you. You see all the rounds that are coming from us that are impacting the wall where we knew the insurgents were. You just smell the gun powder, you see just nothing but rounds impacting all around you.

"I think more or less it's the sound, that you know that it's pretty close, especially when it's - you have your back against the wall and you feel the rounds that are right next to your ear. That's when you realize that you're in a firefight."

Delgado got to the airfield so fast, that he suddenly realized all he had was his pistol, so he ran back for his rifle. But Raible and Chambless stayed in the firefight armed only with those same 9mm weapons. For another Marine, Sgt. Bradley Atwell, and for Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, it would be their final mission. Both men died of their wounds on the airfield.

"He saw a challenge and he took action. He took decisive action. He led his Marines and he led them from the front," says Chambless of Raible. "He embodied the Marine Corp ethos."

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For Delgado, part of the challenge now is talking to all of his young Marines about the loss of one of their leaders.

"We have to dig deep and remember why it is that we're in the Marine Corps and why we're here in the first place," he said. "You know, for some of the Marines, for most of us, we never see some of this stuff on an everyday basis but, you know, as a leader, we have to be able to ... let them know, reassure them, hey, everything's gonna be all right."

For now, an investigation remains underway on how the Taliban were able to breach security at the base. All attackers were killed during the fight except for one who was captured.

On Monday, NATO reported it arrested one of the Taliban leaders behind the attack.

Military officials are also still looking at two videos posted by Taliban groups that show potential reconnaissance of the base and a group of insurgents training in the field and planning in front of a hand-drawn map that may be of Camp Bastion.

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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Brice Liess

    My long term in regulations!!! They create a adorable couple do not they?!?!?

    January 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  2. J

    Wow. I find some of the replies on here to be absolutely incredible, especially the ones coming FROM Americans who seem to be so against the military. It's apparent that a lot of Americans have a true and undeniable hatred towards the military...for what reason, I'm not sure. Killing innocent women and children...does it happen? I'm sure it has. Do 99.9% of our soldiers and Marines do it on purpose? Absolutely not. That's called collateral damage and unfortunately it happens.

    As far as the security breech on Bastion...yes, it happened. There are MANY factors to be considered as to the complexity of this attack. Without question, this attack was a success for the Taliban. There ya go "fillmein" and "the other side", I said it. Are you happy? I wonder what occured in your life that caused such self-loathing and hatefullness towards your country and those that fight for it? I did, however, enjoy your comments and rebuttals. *You both obviously have much experience with military operations and national security intelligence (*denotes sarcasm).

    Semper Fidelis, Chris Raible and Brad Atwell. The Taliban has proven they are determined and their tenacity and boldness cannot be denied; have respect for the enemy. For all of you who choose to criticize the military and our nations' appointed leadership: if you're not happy, run for office. The military is NOT the enemy here; project your anger and resentment towards something else. Or how about this, try getting laid.

    Why do I have the right to post here? Because I was on Camp Bastion on September 14, 2012. I lived through the fight and I was prepared to fight and die that night.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
  3. Jannai

    Americans should die in shame. 200 million loss ... ha ha ha .. ha ha ha

    September 26, 2012 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • lol jihad and proud

      i guess you forgot how many rag heads we ve put into the earth???? hahahaha makes me smile inside

      September 26, 2012 at 7:27 am | Reply
  4. Semper Fi

    Based on many of the comments in here as to "how this could have happened", its apparent that many in here have never spent a day on a FOB in Afghanistan. These little bases are not occupied exclusively by Americans. You've got Afghans and third country nationals that come in and out in support of various missions. Many of these FOB's have been in place for several years. It is understood that intelligence collection occurs when local populace comes inside. There is no way to prevent it. You cannot isolate yourself completely and at the same time expect to gain the trust and confidence of the people you are hoping will eradicate the taliban. Anyone who has ever attended infantry tactics and learned how to establish a defensive perimeter was also taught that any perimeter can be penetrated. Sooner or later this was going to happen. There is no such thing as risk free war folks.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • krehator

      What he said....

      September 26, 2012 at 5:45 am | Reply
  5. krm1007 ©™

    We have invested a lot of resources in India over the past two decades and given a lot of aid to prop it up. There has been no investment on this return. Instead India has squandered all the resources in building nuclear weapons while poverty remains rampant in the country. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts.It has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. India needs to be carved up into smaller independent states to be a viable economically and geo politically.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  6. krm1007 ©™

    Taj Mahal (purely by connotation, not size) reminds one of the saying of our dear architect friend Mies Van Der Rohe that “Less is More” and its application to India geo-politically. The recent economic bubble burst and minority backlash in India point to the necessity of imploding India in a controlled manner to make it more manageable administratively, before it ruptures chaotically. The Moghals may have left behind a legacy of regality in India but it was Mies that has given Indians a political concept that may give Indian Hindus a chance at survival albeit in a fragmented form.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  7. panjabi

    The thing with Afghanistan is those SOBs will keep coming and coming and they do possess martial characteristics. You kill 1 or 2 another hundred pop up. In Pashtun they have a saying that I like... "they may have the watches, but we have the time".

    September 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • men wearing dresses is so year 1000

      yes they have the time because the USA sends over free food aid and they do nothing all day, certainly they have the time, the time to do nothing visible by the 15 kids each family has

      September 26, 2012 at 3:23 am | Reply
  8. JudgeDB

    The Russians are laughing at us. It was around 30 years ago that they were fighting in Afghanistan while we were supplying our current enemies with Stinger missiles. Maybe if the American education system wasn't so shoddy, people would remember these mistakes they learned in history class instead of repeating them over and over again.

    September 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Johnathan

      Like a quiet ahahahahaha...
      or louder HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA...
      or a chuckle
      or a nervous laugh when thinking of what happened to their troops?
      So, which one do you mean?

      September 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • USMC

      Not even close application of history. the Russians were beaten by the Taliban, Russians were driven out. We drove out the Taliban, to Pakistan. 15 insurgents attacking an air field is not a defeat for America. 14 out of 15 insurgents dead, 2 Marines dead. They are not trying to drive us out, rather this was a propaganda raid, to show that they are still around and can inflict some damage. basically, this was and they knew it, a suicide raid for the taliban insurgents. They were trying to destroy planes not Marines. A typical Marine unit is close to 800 plus British soliders at that base. 15 insurgents were not going to take control of the base. They wanted to destroy planes and get self educated genuises to spout nonsense about things they read in a "history" book (magazine/cartoon).

      September 26, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • fillmein

        So why not sum up this analysis of yours?

        They succeeded in their mission.

        September 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  9. History Again

    When asked by Henry Wilson what the smallest useful British force for France would be, General Foch replies “A single British soldier – and we will see to it that he is killed.”

    Our greatest strenght and also a liabilty. Once the ballon goes up and the bodycount starts to rise, we have anther reason to keep fighting. The memory of our dead, honor their sacrifice, remember the ....

    At some point you need an Eisenhower or a Nixon s.o.b. to come and say, enough, come with a fancy expression, declare that we won, and get ourselves from under this mess. You can later criticize them and say that they lost the war that our military could have won if ony we had fight th way we want it. That is the pity that youi cannot count how many lives were savd when the war didnt last one more (day, month, year).

    September 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  10. Safe from the sidelines

    There is a oft quoted sentence:

    Behind every story of extraordinary heroism, there is a less exciting and more interesting story about the larger failures that made heroism necessary in the first place.

    How does a LTC with a 9 mill end up in the wrong side of a sapper attack in a huge base?. This was no FSB Mary Ann. How many things have to and did go wrong?.

    He made the ultimate sacrifice. Semper Fi.


    September 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  11. krm1007 ©™

    We remain extremely appalled and highly concerned about the continued medieval cultural and barbaric social practices prevalent in the name of Hinduism in India. Much to our chagrin, the human rights organizations are either turning a blind eye towards these injustices or are being paid off to look the other way. We are particularly aware of the victims of such practices, namely, young children and women especially those women who are pregnant and are bearing a female embryo. They are being mistreated or simply sacrificed in the name of their deities. To the civilized world such atrocious behavior is repulsive and is condemned in the strongest words. We urge the Indian Hindus to immediately cease and desist from such unacceptable norms. To them we say the world is watching and will see to it that justice prevails.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • fillmein

      May I ask...WHO is we?
      May I comment that you are on the wrong blog. Bye.

      September 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • jqent

      A rather obvious and clumsy attempt at distraction.

      September 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Coqoui101

      India is a menace that must be destroyed in its entirety

      September 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • zen

      u r an idiot!

      September 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • Johnathan

      A pretty clumsy or juvenile way to try and switch our attention to an ally.
      How old are you?

      September 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  12. ricksan

    Its easy to talk trash about these Marines when you've never done a damn thing for your country. Until you have served and been in a situation like that there is no way you will ever know sacrifice. These Marines were awesome and until you stand up and do something for this country, you need to sit down and shut up. Your too stupid to even know your stupid.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  13. Mike Smith

    Unlike the Army, "every Marine is a Rifleman" first and foremost. All Marines qualify with their rifle to the same standard as the infantry MOS, and all are trained as infantrymen. Then they go on to specialized training. The Marine Corps has been run this way from the beginning because operating out of forward bases like this, it has to be. The part of the article which refers to the Marines on the flight line as "fuel specialists" and so on is irrelevant: Every Marine is a Rifleman.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • mike

      That's actually not at all unlike the Army. Every Army soldier I know is an Infantryman first, and whatever their specialty is second. My sister, an Army Reserve Combat Medic, had to go through Infantry training.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • Mike Smith

        Marine infanry training is far more extensive than army training for non-infantry personnel. All Mariines, for example, are required to qualify with the rifle every year at the 500 yard range. The longest range Army infantry ever qualifies at is 300 yards. Do some research on Google and you'll see what I mean.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • fillmein

        Army, navy, marines, coast guard ALL go thru basic training. Then move on to their next level of specific skill training.

        No others compare to what Marines sign up for and go thru, day to day, unending thru their careers. The Marines take pride in that, the others look over and say/think "Those guys are nuts".

        September 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  14. NK

    Wow, wonder how much those jets we lost cost us....

    September 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Mike Smith

      The price of a Harrier is about $30 million dollars. Not counting the aviation fuel blown up, the losses in avaition equipment was about $250 million dollars. The guerillas knew thier business.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
      • Johnathan

        Wow, where did you get that "intel", hummm?

        September 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
      • HawkeyeNFO

        That's information you can look up on Wikipedia in 15 seconds, like I just did as a check. It's open-source information that anybody with a net connection can find.

        September 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • MarineMom

      The cost of a plane? Really? Ask the family members of the Marines killed if they care about the cost of the planes. The loss they suffered was a higher price. My son was on the flight line when they were attacked and is lucky to still be here. I wish all the Marines would have made it out alive and if all planes had to be destroyed to make that possible so be it!! I hope you are asking because you truly were curious about the cost of the planes and NOT implying that the worst thing to happen was to lose planes and not human life. For the remaing Marines, you are all in my prayers! To my son, hurry home so that I can give you the biggest hug of your life!! Semper Fi.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  15. GG

    Maybe we can tickle the feet of the captured Taliban to get some intel on this attack. Or we could just give them to the Marines who were there.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  16. aaron

    wow that is sad that our men let them in we should be watching our base at all times so how the hell did that happen!!!!!

    September 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  17. oldpatriot

    A bunch of hyper-violent adrenaline junkies on this comment board that think that anyone who disagrees with why we are there is a traitor, end the war in Afghanistan we are the invading army not the defenders. They attacked an invading military force that has occupied their country for a decade, if your home town had a chinese military base in it and they were driving around killing civilians and attacking towns around for you for a decade wouldn't you fight back ? I know I would be an insurgent if our country was invaded and occupied.

    The US is on the wrong side of history in this war and should end it now!

    September 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • fillmein

      I agree and it seems obvious.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply

      Excuse me but does 911 ring a bell and 3000 dead Americans

      September 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
      • fillmein

        Why don't you give us a figure that would satisfy your blood lust and revenge quotient? A million of "their" dead? Ten million?

        Are you going to use 9/11 to justify more and more deaths based on our obviously inept intelligence agencies and what I think we all can agree on, a failed foreign policy...forever?

        You righteous some folks can be, using our dead as an excuse for more blood. You worship the war god of abraham?

        September 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
      • JudgeDB

        10x more people die every year from car accidents than the number of dead from 9/11, but I don't see any fanatical charges to spend billions of dollars every single day in the War on Unsafe Driving. Hell, even the deaths of our soldiers has surpassed the deaths from 9/11. It was 11 years ago. I'm sure none of us will forget that day, but at some point we have to move on.

        September 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Combat Vet

      "killing civilians and attacking towns" you forgot to add women and children.
      I'm serving now, I have served for over 15 years. Do you think if we just picked up our toys and went home, everything would be fine?

      We did not invade anything. WE asked to come in and hunt down those responsible for 9/11. WE got permission for the then sitting government.

      The present sitting gorvernment continues to give us permission to conduct raids.

      Why are you so quick to condem the U.S. when the Taliban kill more Afghans, Christans, Jews, Blacks, Asians, and all others then any country here. They kill more civilians each day and Afghan police, Army and anyone else that doesn't agree with them then all the nations combined in the war.

      Why don't you take moment to complain abou tthem for a change.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
      • Army 1972-1975

        Combat vet you have got it right. It's to bad so many people have forgotten 9-11 and that countries like Afgan kill children and throw acid on them just because they are trying to get an education. Terror rules countries like that. If we just turn our cheek and show them it's okay to bomb America with our on airplanes and kill your civilians we would be telling them it's okay to come and kill us and kill your children. And they would happly do so. Thanks for your service Combat Vet...

        September 26, 2012 at 2:35 am |
      • fillmein

        Your "toys", vet. Curious attempt at intellect.

        Also, this canard about being "asked" or given permission. Who was in power in Afghanistan when we went in? Excuse me, my recall tells me it was the Taliban. You really adapting history to fit your own justifications? They DID NOT give us permission.
        And what a weak stance you show yourself to have when you depend on the Karzai puppet to back up your statements. Being as wise and experienced as you are, how long do YOU give him after we pull out of there?

        You just prove the old adage, the last one to know anything is the grunt. I'm sure you recognize it, its a military in house perspective.

        September 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  18. Tyler

    Obama said not to worry, it's just another "bump in the road" so I guess I shouldn't care.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • Mike Smith

      Bull_s*h _it. He said nothing of the sort. You are a retard.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
      • Gary

        Yes he did!

        September 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • JudgeDB

      Go back to watching football and being angrier about the replacement refs then you are about the idiots who are supposed to be representing you.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  19. Tptlead

    Most of the Taliban are arabs who pay the groveling Afghans for the privilege of abusing the citizenry. Afghans have welcomed outsiders for centuries – as long as they padi up.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • The other side..

      The Taliban is comprised primarily of Pashtuns, you lying pos.

      September 26, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
  20. jo

    leave the war its priceless and meanless

    September 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  21. Romney Supporter

    Obama continues to put our brave men and women of the Armed Forces in danger due to his politically motivated decisions on the battlefield. We lost 8-9 fighter aircraft in this battle. Shades of Vietnam! Obama is a liability to our nation. Send him back to Chicago now.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Marine Combat Vet

      As I recall it was The Great George Bush who got us in this war! I fought in it and my brothers continue to fight in it. Obama will get re-elected and individuals like myself will continue to defend this great nation of ours inspite of political fools like yourself. Semper Fi!

      September 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • Annirich

        And it was Obo who stated it is the "good war"; Obama has now proven to me that he is indeed a liability to our country.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • Charly (florida)

        Re: Annrich, you realize you are not making any sense. you are such a low life.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • Vikkie T.

        Hallelujah!!! Thank you so much for pointing that out – I am so VERY tired of Republican bullies trying to place blame for so much of Mr. Bush's crap on Obama. And before said Republican's go on the attack – know this, I am not a Democrat, I'm not "pro-Obama", I don't think that ALL Republicans are bullies, I don't think that ALL Muslims are evil terrorists – you can't rewrite history accept Mr. Bush's failures and move on!!! Quite frankly there is plenty that Obama is responsible for that I'm sure you can find to complain about but Iraq & Afghanistan aren't on him!!!

        September 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • Gary

        Bush sent troops to Afghanistan to fight terrorism but it was Clintons Adminstration that failed our country to the point we were attacked on 9/11.

        September 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • RedBaron

        Gary, you can't be serious can you? Trying to blame this on the Clinton administration makes no sense at all. The Bush administration ignored warnings of upcoming terrorist attacks on 9/11 as well as using the Weapons of Mass Destruction ploy to get our troops into IRAQ. And who's to say who was behind the funding of the anti-Muslim film. Even then, it's the terrorists who are to blame, so stop trying to find excuses to try to put down one of the greatest Presidents (Clinton) of modern time.

        October 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Charly (florida)

      Most of Romney's supporters have very low IQ. You just confirm that.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • mike

        I'd wager that most of Romney's Supporters have a 90 – 110 IQ. I'd wager that most of Obama's supporters fall in the same category.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • oldpatriot

      As if Romney would do anything different, he is no more a warrior than Obama and would have lost the same assets in the battle, you think the president, any president has a direct effect on the troops in the field ?

      "The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war." -James Madison

      "Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other." -Thomas Jefferson

      September 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • mike

      The Vietnam War killed approximately 2-4 million people, 60,000 of which were Americans. The war in Afghanistan has taken approximately 2,000 American lives, 14,000 civilian lives, and an unknown number of Insurgent lives (who most likely account for some of those "civilian" casualties). At any rate, it's a far cry from Vietnam. This isn't Shades of Vietnam... they're not even on the same palette.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • fillmein

        How about this. Another war on the other side of the world where most of the American public does not know just why we are still there? That if it is ONE of our youths dying, it matters. Where we have alienated and suppressed the people of a country we are occupying. Where if a lot of the posters on these blogs had their way, we would "turn the country into a parking lot".

        September 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • Johnathan

        holy crap fill, for a minutes, while reading your post, I thought I had been transferred to an alternate universe. And, then, I realized you must be muslim because you are such a liar.

        September 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
      • fillmein

        Hi Jonathon. Do you realize what a cliche you have become, If someone doesn't think like you they must be the enemy.

        You ever rebut? YOu ever debate? Nah. Again, so typical.

        Point on a lie if you will.

        September 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  22. Bob Loblaw

    You should move to their country if you support them so much. If you don't already live there, I will gladly rent you a moving truck.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  23. Natasmai

    You do realize that the majority of Taliban fighters come from different countries to fight the US right? No you probably don't.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • fillmein

      You ever wonder how many countries have troops in Afghanistan?
      One side, an invading army. The other? Attacking that invading army.

      Is this not the truth? Right or wrong on the "reasons", is this not the truth?
      What is your point, think about it, then make it. Your kind of "edict" smacks of blind patriotism and is not a contribution to any solutions or stopping the killing.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • HawkeyeNFO

      Actually not so much. The average Taliban is someone who has no better way to support himself and would do something else if it paid more money. Also the fact that the Taliban will kill you if you don't support them when they go through your village kind of forces a lot of people to work with them.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  24. Ricardo

    Not to downplay the efforts of the marines, but 15 a Taliban suicide-commando managed to infiltrate a major base and destroy 6 jets. Sounds like a major tactical victory, and not a small psychological one as well. Not bad for the cave dwellers who were supposedly beaten 11 years ago.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Kilo19

      Ricardo keep in mind these guys were dressed as US military, so at night it's bit hard to distinguish.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
      • fillmein

        The article says "Dressed in American military-style uniforms". Camos, right? You ever seen Russian camos? French?

        This is not a nit pick. Some on here call them spies, presumably because they wore American "style" uniforms. Want to just shoot them. In any event, this attack DOES address our lack of readiness and our lack of respect for their capabilities. And obviously, their willingness to die for their cause.

        September 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm |


    September 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy

      If you are in the military you can assume if someone shoots at you they are the enemy.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
      • oldpatriot

        You can assume anyone attacking you ins the enemy would be logically correct but that doesn't make the US Army the good guys, they invaded Afghanistan and ove stayed their welcome. They are being attacked because they are an occupying army, just like any other occupying army would be attacked, just the Soviet Army was attacked by the Mujhadeen when they occupied Afghanistan!

        September 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • retired Marine

      Your tough hiding behind your keyboard. Any time, any place.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
      • trolls abound

        He's not hiding. He simply spoke his opinion. You're a coward for making implicit threats. Go on youtube and reveal yourself next time.

        September 26, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • John W.

      As the enemy himself, that is easy for you to say. Semper Fi, motherf****er.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Tptlead

      Afghanistan is a medieval sludge pit – it is the people that make it that way.The country has been run by organized crime for centuries, with the people crawling along on handouts. Obama's nation-building efforts have only made a handful of these backwards criminals rich.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • DRTSAT

      AH yes, another ignorant moron that appears to blame the military. I second the motion of retired Marine's any time any place comment and I, as a Soldier, would be happy to back him up. The wussie on here is you moron!

      September 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
      • trolls abound

        You, as a retired coward, can second the nut residue guzzling.

        September 26, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Shawn

      I hope you increase in your ability to show kindness and grace. These men's wives, children, mothers and fathers all endure deep and lasting pain. A Marine is not taught to win a war not question its validity. I agree with you that this war is shameful, I however feel your words ultimately hurt your own message more than anyone elses. It reinforces the idea that being against the war means you are anti America.

      Our objective is to end hate and violence and promote peace. Your words achieve neither objective.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • MarineMom

        Very well said!!

        October 12, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • HawkeyeNFO

      There is so much good that happens in Afghanistan every day, but you almost never hear about it in the news. Tons of people in ISAF who help make lives better for the people of Afghanistan don't consider them the enemy. It is the Taliban, who force the people to give them food under the threat of death, plant bombs in the roads that keep the people from going to the markets, and execute the people who want to live under a democratic rule of law, who are the enemy. The situation is more complicated than even I can imagine, and I read the details of it every day.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  26. semper fi

    I hope there is a hunting trip planned. RIP

    September 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • trolls abound

      Planned "hunting trip" for what? For people defending their country and countrymen from aggression and terrorism? The last 11 years have proved that the occupiers are the hunted, as described herein the article. No one was hiding, no one was in their caves behind women and children, as is always the lame and pathetic, old, tired excuses by a few cowardly bunch.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
  27. Dennis

    I can not conceive the idea that the USA is winning what????? A land filled with backward uncivilized animals that will never change. Bring home the good soldiers and let them live! Waste not one penny more on that dung heap!

    September 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • trolls abound

      Crawl back to your mother's maggot hole, you worthless parasite.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
  28. james

    sounds like military uniforms should have beckons on them that are re-encrypted with new validation codes every day/week so they can properly track who's who in/on/around the bases... If you're on ground radar and your beacon isn't matching, the troops go have a look... Not sure how the heck in todays age, 15 talibans can infiltrate a large us military base... but then again, I'm just a web developer.. what do I know...

    September 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Army 1972-1975

      Hey James. That is a damn good idea. I hope the pencil pushers would hear you and use your advise now, now, now. I love the men and women who sacrifice for us but the desision makers are clueless about how to protect our troops and fight a war...Great thinking..

      September 26, 2012 at 2:58 am | Reply
  29. Nofets

    I can only imagine the mayhem when he asked for volunteers. I know that at least 90% of Marines on that flight line wanted in on that. Even as Wingers, we dream of doing this. It is unfortunate that we lost two. Rest in peace, warriors.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Natasmai

      That's exactly what I thought. I think the majority of the Grunt/POG debate is debunked. Being a POG doesn't make us cowards.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • trolls abound

        And yet, as the article states, it took "hours" and "helicopter air support" to bring an end to the fighting and only a few "insurgents".. Wow. What gives if there were no "air support"..

        September 26, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  30. cleat

    total load of CR AP this was not covered a TON more in the news
    Turns out Obama and his media dont want any "bad" news from the war(s) getting out. Would make him look like a poor leader.
    You would thing the death of a Commander, and a HUNDRED MILLION in plane losses would get more media attention.
    Very Sad- sickening even

    September 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      It was covered on Fox news. Cnn is a liberal news outlet. They chose not to cover it.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Jackslacks

      The Washington Post covered this story.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Merry Prankster

      Yeah.....Obama controls all of the media except Fox News.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  31. Duane

    Hooah! From an old Army dog to the Marines stationed there.....awesome job boys!

    September 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • fillmein

      Curious what some consider victories and trumpet congratulations over.

      "awesome job"? The overwhelming majority of vets and so called experts will tell you Tet in '68 was a defeat for the Cong and NVA.

      It won them the war.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  32. Matt

    For those of you not paying attention, this attack is very worrisome beyond the loss of life as it highlights strategies from insurgents that are becoming more, not less, bold in nature. Furthermore, this was a well-planned, well-coordinated raid and not some guy sitting from a distance and detonating an IUD. Important questions arise such as how they obtained uniforms, how they were able to breach the fence and how they knew what part of the fence to breach. Certainly some very concerning questions for anyone that is investigating the event...

    September 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • james

      I agree.. How 15 taliban can infiltrate a large us military base is beyond me... Do they not patrol the area with everything from humans to drones? Seems a little weird to me..

      September 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • IUD vs IED

      Matt – IUD = Inter Uterine Device ==== IED – Improvised Explosive Device

      just saying...

      September 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  33. Thomas

    There should have been more than two Marines posted as security at a base of this size, and with the enemy using infiltration tactics ALL personnel should be armed at all times with at least a side arm, the captured Taliban fighter, should be interrogated, and then if he was in an American uniform, he should be lined up against the wall and shot. That's standard protocol for a spy according to the rules of war. It seems the security was a little lax, for being in such hostil territory.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • cleat

      ...oh no.... cant shoot the insurgent you captured.... he is a "suspect"... and the bleeding hearts will demand he go to gitmo for a trial by his peers- then released to do it all again...

      September 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • JudgeDB

        Keeping someone alive as long as possible in a cage is much more cruel than simply killing them. If you don't believe me, just go commit a crime that will land you in jail for life in lockdown 23/7. I guarantee you you'll be begging for someone to kill you within the first 10 years.

        September 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • trolls abound

        Why would he go to "gitmo"; AFG is HIS country, you little POS.

        September 26, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • Jonathan

      There are more than two duties posted. The base is compromised of many different sections/departments. I know this base and Marines.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • fillmein

      Wow, spy? Finally they show up in uniforms and you still want the POWs shot? Well, that has become the American Way, huh.
      No matter they are our enemy (of the moment), this was a brave attack by a relatively few men against a major US base. These people are dedicated and obviously willing to give up their lives to repel the invader, no matter who they are.

      What is so hard to understand about that and it is a flagrant mistake to not give them their due in the name of blind patriotism.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
      • trolls abound

        Rationally spoken..

        September 26, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  34. John

    Funny how the news does mention the follow on firefights that happened the days after – I can say with certainty and absolute fact that many other Taliban got their 99 virgins in the days after the attack on Bastion.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • LIES

      Perhaps you'd like to provide details being so "sure" of the after events. Likely it entailed random shooting of and lashing out towards civilians and their properties via "air support" as is the modus operandi of cowards in arms. Why not leave the "air support" behind for a few battles and have courage to fight those darn "insurgents" like real men. Is it not suffice the triple layered suits, fancy goggles, space age underwear, high tech armory and etc..? Fighting wars behind the safety of the clouds is pure cowardice.

      September 26, 2012 at 2:15 am | Reply
  35. rrmon

    Semper Fi, Marines

    September 25, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  36. Rem1061

    Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, Semper Fidelis, You were. Thank you for helping to keep America safe. I know all the A**H**** will post on here about how we shouldn't be there, Dem's Versus Repub's but you were there doing what you were ordered to do by your superiors and because of you and the many others like you they have the freedom to post their B.S.* If it wasn't for you these sites would all be blocked like China and Iran does. Thank you for your sacrifice

    September 25, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • JudgeDB

      This is a false dichotomy. Saying that we should leave Afghanistan doesn't mean we don't support those who are over there. We don't support the decisions of our idiot leaders that put us there and keep us there, but it doesn't mean we aren't grateful for the sacrifices our soldiers make in the line of duty.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • fillmein

        Well spoken and you speak for many. In my view, you speak for sanity.
        I guess the Germans that joined the Nazis thought they were patriots. Hey, probably still do.

        September 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  37. Rem1061

    Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, Semper Fidelis, You were. Thank you for helping to keep America safe. I know all the A**H**** will post on here about how we shouldn't be there, Dem's Versus Repub's but you were there doing what you were ordered to do by your superiors and because of you and the many others like you they have the freedom to post their B.S.* If it wasn't for you these sites would all be blocked like China and Iran does. Thank you for your sacrifice.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  38. Brian

    all i can say is, thank you for serving our country.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  39. 2-77FA

    I would always tell my battle buddies. We need to respect the enemy. We use labels to insult their intellect and their skills on the battle field. A bunch of cavemen and goat lovers hasnt been defeated going on 10 yrs.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • fillmein

      Thank you. Common sense and humanity in your statement. It is misplaced and ignoble disrespect that allowed this kind of infiltration and leads to our GIs murdering women and children. And yes, they have, do and will as long as we disrespect them.
      They are humans. They are fighting a basic, clearly understood battle for THEIR homeland. What would we call these people if that was happening in the US? I'll tell you this, aren't many of our politicians who would be in that category.

      OH. I honor those who serve and who are wounded or died wearing our uniform...when we give them a moral underpinning and a cause they can understand. We are not doing that and too many of our youths are dying me out here, what are they dying for? Ok, many would say, if honest, they are dying for REVENGE. Well, we've got our revenge. You keeping score?

      September 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • Tom

        If everything you say needs explanations and excuses and qualifications, then why bother to post?

        September 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • fillmein

        I'm just not the kind, Tom, that thinks one line NON rebuttals and insults work.

        You got a problem or have a rebuttal/reply, make it. Otherwise...why do you bother to post?

        September 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  40. Sgt. K

    Good job Marines, Semper Fi, Sgt K 96-01

    September 25, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Lcpl Q

      R.I.P. brothers. See you on the other side. Semper Fi. LCpl Q 94-98

      September 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  41. TM1/SS Chris

    I've never met a Marine I didn't like. That's what I love about the Marines; pilots and maintenance crew, still Marines, and every Marine is a rifleman.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • fillmein

      A navy man making that statement? wow. I comprehend you trying to honor these dead and wounded but you are probably the only guy in the navy that would make that statement.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  42. lindaluttrell

    Semper Fi, Gentlemen!! I hope you took out as many of those SOBs as you could!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • The other side..

      May you and yours rot in hell linda. Those fighting for their country are the righteous ones here, you EVIL POS.

      September 26, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
  43. JFM

    May you now Ffnd peace. Semper Fi.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  44. Amniculi

    Oorah and Semper Fi! Wingers for the win!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  45. starrwish

    let's never do nation building again.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • James

      Agree with you! Blow it up and leave, our founding fathers didn't destroy Mexico and then help them lose...good day sir.


      September 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • fillmein

        Founding fathers destroy Mexico? Just why do the ignorant love to jump out there and display their "intellect" so proudly?

        Oh, the Mexican war was in the 1840's, and many of the US men/officers of that campaign were killing each other a few short years after.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • The other side..

        "Blow it up and leave"? Where do you cowards get the audacity and confidence to believe your delusions? Blow it up and be hunted would be more appropriate.

        September 26, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  46. krm1007 ©™

    Let us focus on the causes of terrorism and try to fix the issues. They have been hanging out there for over 60+ years Israel..and now in the United States...England... Australia... Sweden....all over the Europe. Let us focus on the victims of 9/11 and help the families more than we have done. Let us take care of their kids and put them through college. Let us take care of their wives/husbands/parents. Let us take care of families whose dear ones gave their lives in fighting al Qaeda Africa. Let us focus on the victims of Pakistani sponsored terror networks....Haqqani...Pakistani Taliban... Hezbollah in Iran...Hamas in Palestine. Let us honor US/NATO soldiers from all over the world who sacrificed their lives believing they were fighting for freedom, believing they were fighting evil terrorists in Africa. They are so many. Just in last ten years, terrorist sponsoring countries like Pakistan, Iran, Palestine have change our lives once and for all.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply

      Republicans want to claim the pro-troop mantle. They never pass up a photo app with our vets. But when it comes to actually supporting our troops, they're an abject failure. They send our troops into battle without the proper equipment and body armor as was the case in Iraq and Afghanistan. And they often send our troops off to war without clearly defining the mission and the end game. When our troops return home, Republicans can't forget about them fast enough. For example, in 2010, John Boehner and House Republicans voted to cut the Veterans Bill but pulled back on their proposal only because Democrats threatened to go public with the proposed cuts. However, in their plan to reduce the federal budget deficit, House Republicans eliminated $75 million in funding designed to help thousands of America's homeless Veterans. That is sad because according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2009 roughly 136,000 Veterans were homeless. Furthermore, the decision by House Republicans to eliminate important federal funding for those who served in our armed forces especially when they're facing hard times just to give more tax breaks to the rich is heartwrenching and appalling to say the least.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • togoiii

      Do you have a point that has any basis in reality or just wishing upon a star?

      September 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  47. PatriotRN

    Again, thank you for posting this. My brother is in Afghanistan, and his wife had not even heard about this attack. The lack of media coverage is a disgrace to our troops and all patriotic Americans. I heard about it on Fox News (not Fox and Friends) right after it happened. I was happy to see coverage on CNN a couple of nights ago.
    Everyone I know is outraged over this. We are all craving truthful journalism.
    Please inform your viewers and readers of what is really going on without personal bias. Practice ethical journalism, and your ratings will increase. If this is done, CNN may gain credibility once again.

    September 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Pvt. Amos

      now lets not focus on one thing.. we have more focus in afghan and iraq because we would not like to have another attack on us like the sad day of 9/11, since they had there family members torn from the like they did let us focus more on the two individual country's trying to blow us off our feet, and what happens over sea's is not for civilian ear's or eye's if you guy's have seen or herd what we have you guy's would have nightmare's for week's now stop wanting to know thing's you do not need to know!

      September 25, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • 2-77FA

        nothing you said was true.

        September 25, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • Sailor101

        Pvt. Amos you are correct. The general population of the country does not have the Security Clearance or the "need-to-know"! Leave military matter to the military.
        Intelligence Specialist First Class Petty Officer (SW) USN Retired

        September 25, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • Lcpl Q

        You are absolutely right. Leave the civilians to enjoy the sweet dreams of everyday life and let the Marines do what we do best. Hoo Rah!

        September 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Gary

      This article was covered by CNN. I read this here over a week ago.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
      • cleat

        BARLEY covered- and quickly gone...

        September 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
      • drhyatt

        Don't let the truth interfere with one person's righteous indignation.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Charly (florida)

      I doubt you have a brother in Afghanistan. In case you really have a brother in Afghanistan, good for him because he does not have to pay tax. He is part of the 47 % of American who don't pay taxes that your republican candidate was talking about. You just wanted to make a point that you are against CNN. You heard about the attack on Fox News and you are outraged. What is it exactly you are outraged over?

      September 25, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • 2-77FA

        you're going to regret you said that one day

        September 25, 2012 at 11:52 am |
      • Charly (florida)

        oooo, I am scared

        September 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • kelly

        Charly – you're ignorant – military members DO pay taxes.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • rob

        Just ignore Charly, this person doesnt know anything that they are talking about.. Good for the boys of the USA. At least we have fighters in the service to be proud of until we can get a President to be proud of. If youre a liberal, you make me physically sick. Youre worthless crap and you dont deserve to live under the freedom for the United States Military. ONe day, the fact that you gave up God and guns, will come back, because I assure you, conservatives have not given up God nor our guns. Any day y'all want some of either, you can have all you want. Just come get it.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • Charly (florida)

        Kelly, you are such a liar. I am a former marine. Rob you are an idiot. How can you use both God and gun in the same sentence. Go back to Europe ...Stupid! You are still living in the past. America is not a place for you.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • That One Guy

        Don't have to pay taxes? How about the tax they pay on their lives? hmmm...or if they don't come back on their shield(RIP), how about the tax they pay on their bodies, have you ever talked to a Marine (you claim to be one)? How about the chronic pains that are so common amongst these men and women? Or the emotional deadening they endure? Premature aging? Failed relationships and marriages? Or that child they were unable to see born? Ever missed the most important times of the year, holidays, anniversaries, birthdays? How about the tax they pay knowing that even though they get government incentives, like tax free pay when they're deployed (and you have to ask is it worth it considering what they go through?) how about knowing that they will NEVER be the same person they were before they left? Combat MOS or no Combat MOS. Unless you have been through it you can not accurately speak, only speculate. And anyone who has CLAIMED to have been through it would have more respect. Negative biases and speculations usually are for a reason or motive, regardless if you want to admit it or not. I am not a speculator when it comes to these men and women. Only the Marines and God truly know what "taxes" they have paid.

        September 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
      • Mike if I am a liberal I do not deserve the freedoms offered by the United States? Am I not an American? I don't blindly affiliate myself with either political party, but people like you are the problem. EVERYONE, republicans, democrats, liberals and conservatives ALL need to start to understand that WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM. If an idea is good, it is good, regardless of what "side of the aisle" it came from. I may not agree with every point that every conservative OR liberal makes, but if they are American, then they deserve the freedom offered by these brave individuals who fight for our freedoms.

        September 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
      • JudgeDB

        Rob, leave your imaginary friend out of this. The fact that you are dragging your religion into a political debate simply proves that you aren't any more intelligent or sane than the idiots who attacked our embassy over that worthless anti-Islam movie.

        September 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • cput

      I beg to differ. They do not tell for security reasons. Do you want the terrorists to read what is going on? For your son's safety they keep things quite.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • cput

        sorry, brother (not son)

        September 25, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • rob

        They can report general information without specifics. This would not compromise mission integrity.. Just settle down and use your head.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • mike

        Even general information can be pieced together with other known information to get a better picture of what's going on. It can also provide details that can later be used through social engineering to get even more information.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • John

      Ever notice how, since Bush left office, the daily "body count" the media used to put on TV went away? Obama has been in charge of this war for 1/3 of its duration, but we have suffered 2/3 of our casualties during this time.

      Come on media. What are you trying to hide?

      September 25, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
      • rob

        They are trying to hide FAILURE. Nuff said.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

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