The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for the June 9 attack at Karachi Airport that left 28 people dead, including the 10 militants who launched the assault. Some of the terrorists were disguised as airport security personnel, while others wore suicide vests as they attacked a VIP terminal with grenades, rocket launchers and machine guns. The Taliban said the attack was retaliation for previous drone attacks in another part of Pakistan.
ABC News reported June 9 that seven heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn raid on NATO’s Kabul Airport facilities, wounding two Afghan civilians. None of the seven guerrillas, all of whom were killed in the attack, managed to breach the airport perimeter.
The air campaign over Libya has rekindled the debate about what exactly air power can accomplish without “boots on the ground.”
Responding to mounting criticism of civilian casualties caused by air strikes, the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) tightened the rules of engagement (RoE) last July.
A senior air force officer serving with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has challenged the defense industry to produce lighter and more capable equipment for troops calling in air strikes on Taleban positions.