Five people were wounded by a suicide bomber outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, Fox News reports.The incidentoccurred just hours before service members and civilians gathered at the airfield to commemorate the lives lost during the 9/11 terror attacks.
In a statement, Operation Resolute Support stated that a “small number” of U.S. service members and Afghan civilians were wounded when a vehicle packed with explosives attempted to ram an armored convoy near the village of Qal’eh-ta Musa Bala. A U.S. official later told Fox News that the number of wounded totaled five, including a Georgian soldier.
According to Fox News, the attack resulted in “minor injuries,” and the wounded were quickly transferred to a medical facility at Bagram Air Base for treatment. But given the occasion, it's likely American service members there walked away from the incident with jangled nerves.
It’s been 16 years since 9/11, and there are still some 11,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in the country. They will soon be joined by 3,500 additional troops, who are en route to quell the Taliban resurgence that followed the end of NATO combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014. But after 16 years of near-continuous war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the American public is increasingly skeptical of a prolonged troop presence abroad.
The campaign has become increasingly complex in recent months as U.S. troops have become drawn into a fight against Afghanistan’s ISIS-K faction rather than the Taliban militants who provided safe harbor to the al-Qaeda operatives behind the 9/11 attacks. The Aug. 16 death of a U.S. service member brought the total number of troops killed in action in Afghanistan in 2017 to 10, seven of whom were killed by ISIS-K.
The day before Monday’s attack, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan released a moving video commemorating the 9/11 attacks, a message to the loved ones of those killed on that clear Tuesday that “their loved ones are #NeverForgotten.”
Unfortunately, the thwarted suicide bomber is a grim reminder of the work ahead to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for Islamic terrorism.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."