Flickr photo by The US ArmyOne day after the Deadliest Day of the Year for US forces in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents on Tuesday attacked Bagram Airfield, the largest US-controlled airfield in the country, but only succeeded in causing minor damage to the base and a few injuries.
It was 3 a.m. A car filled with Taliban insurgents bearing rockets and grenades was spotted outside the gates of the base. A guard noticed one of the men standing outside of the car wearing a suicide vest, and opened fire.
The enemies never got inside the base, but one of their rockets did, causing minor damage. Seven US servicemen were injured in the attack, but the troops managed to kill 10 of the 20 attackers during the gun battle, which was over around noon.
This was nothing compared to the day before, when attacks led to the death of seven Americans, including five in a Taliban attack on the capital city of Kabul and two more in separate attacks to the south.
With all our daily struggles and minutiae, it's easy to forget about the conflict that continues in Afghanistan and the peril that our troops face every day. I'm the first to admit that I tend to gloss over news like this. But I shouldn't. No one should.
Because since we entered the country in 2001, 994 US soldiers have died. I could go into the numbers of civilians, missionaries, and service people from other countries, but even one is too many.
Let's hope the Deadliest Day remains forever May 17, 2010.