September 13, 2013
US Consulate Attacked in Afghan City on Iranian Border
We tried to rebuild. We tried to civilize these people. We failed. I think there is a lesson here:
U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement that the assault began around 5:30 a.m., when "a truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers -- possibly firing rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles -- starting firing at Afghan forces and security guards on the exterior of the gates. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate."I'll just note that Herat is near the Iranian border, so a large percentage of the population is Shia. So, I guess the question is ..... do we know these were Taliban?
Harf confirmed that the attack ended after Afghan security forces took control of the outside of the Consulate and that there were no American casualties. It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility.