The War Goes On... 77 US Troops Wounded in Suicide Attack

And, the war goes on…

U.S. Marine medics examines a wounded Afghan boy after he was wounded in an explosion at Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.(AP/Rafiq Maqbool)

77 US soldiers were wounded and five Afghan civilians were killed in a Taliban suicide attack today in eastern Afghanistan.

The AP reported:

Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded and five Afghans civilians were killed in a Taliban truck bombing targeting an American base in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said Sunday, a stark reminder that the war in Afghanistan still rages 10 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks against the United States.

No U.S. soldiers were killed in Saturday night’s bombing, which took place hours after the Taliban vowed to keep fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan until all American troops leave the country. The insurgent movement also stressed that it had no role in the Sept. 11 attacks. The blast shaved the facades from shops outside Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province and broke windows in government offices nearby, said Roshana Wardak, a former parliamentarian who runs a clinic in the nearby town of the same name.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Eight wounded civilians were brought to Wardak’s clinic, two of them with wounds serious enough that they were sent to Kabul. She said one 3-year-old girl died of her wounds on the way to the clinic. The Wardak governor’s office confirmed the death toll and said a total of 17 Afghans were wounded — 14 civilians and three security officers.