At­tack foiled

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Lars Lar­son, na­tion­ally syn­di­cated ra­dio host, on Jan. 18 pointed out news from Afghanistan about two brave free­dom fight­ers.

The U.S. com­mand said two Afghan se­cu­rity per­son­nel pre­vented a ter­ror­ist in a bomb-af­fixed car from pen­e­trat­ing Camp Phoenix in the cap­i­tal of Kabul.

“With­out any re­gard for their per­sonal safety, a lo­cal Afghan se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and an in­ter­preter im­me­di­ately rec­og­nized that this was a ter­ror­ist at­tack,” said 1st Lt. Cathrin Fraker, a spokes­woman for Task Force Phoenix.

“To­gether, the two pre­vented the driver from det­o­nat­ing his ex­plo­sives af­ter they failed to ex­plode dur­ing the crash. With the as­sis­tance of the U.S. se­cu­rity forces, they dragged the ter­ror­ist from the ve­hi­cle, where U.S. se­cu­rity force sol­diers then de­tained him,” she said, ac­cord­ing to a mil­i­tary press re­lease.

U.S. and Afghan per­son­nel sealed off the area as a de­mo­li­tion team ar­rived. The bomb ex­ploded dur­ing the dis­arm­ing, but no one was hurt.

Said Mr. Lar­son, “It’s a great story. I think the pres­i­dent ought to give th­ese guys medals.”

Bill Gertz and Rowan Scar­bor­ough are Pen­tagon re­porters. Mr. Gertz can be reached at 202/636-3274 or by e-mail at bgertz@wash­ing­ton­times.com. Mr. Scar­bor­ough can be reached at 202/636-3208 or by e-mail at rscar­bor­ough@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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