To show the world the Taliban are still very much alive despite the death of its leader Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist group attacked an American base in
eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The terrorists were able to wound 77 American soldiers in their daring attack with the use of a truck loaded with bombs Saturday.
According to reports, the attack was conducted by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood. The attack however failed on its aim of killing American soldiers since the explosive laden truck was only able to penetrate the protective barrier at the outpost entrance. It was learned that the attack came after hours after the Taliban vowed to keep fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan until all American troops leave the c ountry and stressed that their movement had no role in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Despite the daring attack, American forces still celebrated the 9/11 anniversary by in Kabul, Afghanistan by conducting a memorial service. Sources said a military band played as American troops raised an American flag in front of about 300 assembled U.S. and Afghan officials. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan urged those assembled to honor the memory of those who died. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Afghan Foreign Minister said the attacks bound Afghans and Americans together in a “shared struggle.”