Taliban hits Jalalabad airbase

Geo Eye (02FEB11) Jalalabad AFLD

Satellite imagery of Jalalabad Airfield on 02 February 2011 (via Geo Eye)

After today’s news, it may be a good thing India decided to train Afghan troops on its own soil. Yesterday, it was reported that a suicide bomber attacked one of the entrances to the joint US-Afghan Jalalabad airbase for the second time this year.  The bombing comes after the US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, suggested the US leave about 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, including 1,000 special operations forces.

A NATO press release said the attack started around 6 a.m., when insurgents set off three suicide car bombs outside the perimeter of Forward Operating Base Fenty, a facility adjacent to the Jalalabad airfield.

Handheld photo from the February 2012 attacks (via the AP)

Handheld photo from the February 2012 attacks (via the AP)

A comparison of press footage and satellite imagery reveals the attacks were concentrated on the Northwestern side of the base, the same area ANA/ANP forces are thought to train (and what is assumed to be FOB Fenty). In addition, it appears to be a different entrance from the attacks in February which may indicate that the insurgent cell is learning from their attacks and taking a systematic approach to disrupting US operations in the area.

GE (27FEB11) Jalalabad FOB Fenty

GE (02FEB11) Jalalabad Drone Apron Predator Reaper

Kandahar Drone Apron (via Digital Globe)

Kandahar Drone Apron (via Digital Globe)

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