Taliban ”celebrated” the anniversary of 9/11 by exploding a truck, killing five Afghans and wounding 77 American soldiers late Saturday night but not reported until Monday. One of the casualties was a three-year-old girl.
No Americans were killed in the truck bombing attack outside a combat post. Despite President Barack Obama’s withdrawal of all but 50,000 soldiers from Iraq, the American army still deploys 100,000 soldiers in Afghanistan in the war against Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Taliban took “credit” for the attack after having released a statement earlier in the day vowing to fight until the United States and other foreign countries withdraw their troops.
Taliban added that it was not involved in the Al Qaeda attacks n the United States on September 11, 2001.
“The Afghans have an endless stamina for a long war,” the terrorist organization stated. “Through a countrywide uprising, the Afghans will send the Americans to the dust bin of history like they sent other empires of the past.”
The huge blast damaged several government buildings, but NATO said that a protective barrier outside the post absorbed most of the impact. Taliban claimed that the attack killed 50 U.S. soldiers, but military officials said that none of the troops was even in a life-threatening situation.
Shortly after the attack, the American embassy in Kabul, 40 miles away, commemorated the victims of the 9/11 attacks.