At least 10 Afghan insurgents have died in running gun battles that began with a botched suicide attack on Bagram Air Field, the biggest NATO base in Afghanistan. The attack “started at about 3 a.m. with rockets, small arms and grenades fired into the base, said Maj. Virginia McCabe, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces at Bagram,” the Associated Press reports. Seven U.S. service members have reportedly been hurt in the fighting.
In March, I interviewed U.S. Air Force security troops as they began the process of taking over from the Army responsibility for patrolling around the airfield. It’s likely these troops, featured above, were involved in the Wednesday attack.
The airfield perimeter is monitored by Scan Eagle drones jointly operated by the Air Force and contractor Insitu. Scan Eagle ops are depicted below: