Video: ISAF Fighting Off The Taliban Embassy Attackers

Check out these YouTube videos uploaded by ISAF showing U.S. Army soldiers, Marines, and unidentified troops in Desert Combat Uniforms armed with Kalashnikovs (Salamander says they’re Macedonian) fighting off Taliban insurgents during Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. embassy compound in Kabul.

While the insurgents failed to do serious harm to the embassy and its staff (though there were numerous Afghan casualties) they did seem to gain a PR victory due to the amount of media attention the incident received.

ISAF went on a PR offensive of its own, though, including a great twitter fight between ISAF and the Taliban during the kinetic assault. These videos are another part of that offensive. Just like insurgents love to broadcast their battlefield exploits, NATO is now showing off it’s fighting prowess in a timely manner. Enjoy.

Two more videos below the jump.

The fighting gets more intense:

ISAF commander, Gen. John Allen (USMC) visits the troops just after the gunfight. (during the Twitter feud, the ISAF tweeter linked to this video and asked the Taliban if their CO would do this)

  • gnark1ll

    Definitely Macedonian UN troops. See the red and yellow rising sun looking shoulder patches.

  • @cdrsalamander

    The Macedonians are not attached to the UN. They are one of the many non-NATO contributing nations to ISAF. They have been the security force for the ISAF HQ compound for many years. Good folks.

  • B Rad

    Lots of US Flag Patchs Vid 2


    Who the hell is tweeting while a FIREFIGHT is going on? How the hell are we following the Taliban’s tweeter acount but we can not kill all of these guys?

  • Lance

    Those aren’t Macedonian troops there Afghan forces I do like there Yugo AKM-47s though. I found the US troops there had cool gear most where still using Iron Sights on there M-4s and many had LC-2 Mag pouches very interesting.

  • huki

    USMC Embassy Guards and Army MPs?

  • Casey

    Those are Macedonian soldiers there. I was deployed with them in Afghanistan in 2010. Good fighters.

  • @Cr4shDummy

    From initial reports, the Taliban had the tactical advantage (they occupied a construction site overlooking the embassy), but they got wiped out. Apparently, it was spearheaded by members of the Haqqani Network.

    The Taliban attacked with the intention of gaining a giant propaganda coup. After this fight, and others around the complex (2 police stations were attacked), a Taliban spokesman said they struck at the heart of Kabul. I think they failed for the most part, but this definitely affects the psyche of the populace.

  • Billy

    Taliban, Haqanni whatever terrorist group EPIC FAIL.