ErikLaurence wrote:Um, so you are taking the word of the Taliban spokesman over the word of a US officer?
I am sure the officer was telling the truth at the time. They didn't say however if they held the base earlier, just that they held it Sunday.
During the previous administration didn't the left call General Petraeus, General "Betray us"? I thought for sure you would find the Taliban account at least reasonably credible. Perhaps it was, considering this from the Associated Press in the same article:
Details of the attack remained unclear Sunday and there were conflicting reports of Afghan losses due to poor communications in the area....
A NATO statement... two outposts — one mostly American position on the summit and another mostly Afghan police garrison on a lower slope.
NATO said eight Americans and two Afghan security troopers were killed.
An Afghan military official... said three Afghan soldiers and one policeman had been killed in two days of fighting. He also said at least seven Afghan army soldiers were missing and feared captured.
In addition, provincial police chief Mohammad Qasim Jangulbagh said 15 Afghan policemen had been captured, including the local police chief and his deputy. Jangulbagh estimated that about 300 militants took part in the attack.
In order to capture or disperse soldiers in a fixed base, their position must be overrun. Certainly the Afghan police station was overrun. Perhaps with a wink and a nod. The summit base where the American solders were dug in may not have been. It was hardly a failure for the attackers and could hardly be called a "victory" as you characterized it. I'd say we got a bloody nose and a black eye at the very least. It is a shame.
One thing is for sure, the Americans are fighting hard like Americans always do. I am not sure the Afghans lost as many soldiers. One must wonder why. Too bad the soldiers don't have the support they need in that remote location and too bad the Afghans and the Pakis are dishonorable to deal with.