Taliban Attacks US Bagram Base: Conflicting Reports on Death Toll

Taliban Claims Dozens Killed in Airfield Strike

Late Sunday night Taliban fighters in the Parwan Province attacked the US military base at Bagram Airfield, firing at least a dozen and by some accounts 20 missiles against targets on the base.

Reports of the casualties in the aftermath of the incident have been wildly conflicting, with the Taliban’s own statement claiming the rockets destroyed a plane before targeting a residential complex for troops on the base and killed “dozens,” while provincial officials claimed they had no news of any casualties at all.

NATO’s own statement dubbed the attacks “ineffective” and claimed that not only were their no casualties among NATO troops, but that none of the missiles even caused any damage. They claimed a single attacker was killed.

While it’s not unusual for NATO and the Taliban to tell dramatically different stories, the reality likely falls somewhere in between, and it seems extremely unlikely that a dozen rockets fired at an air base would cause no damage at all.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.