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Forward Operating Base Tillman

Lwara

The base at Lwara, 175km southeast of the capital Kabul, is close to the city of Khost, which has been the scene of bloody clashes between rival Afghan factions and tribes. US forces are in Afghanistan pursuing Taliban remnants and their al Qaeda allies blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Assailants fired rockets and small arms at a US military outpost in eastern Afghanistan on 15 November 2002, prompting the Americans to call in aircraft and bombs, the US military said. No soldiers were killed or injured. The raid began around dawn when unidentified attackers fired six rockets at a base in Lwara, a town in Paktia province near the Pakistani border that was home to US special operations forces and soldiers with the U.S. 82nd Airborne division.

On October 9, 2004 units at FOB Tillman were engaged with hostile forces and were in desperate need of more ammunition. They called FOB Salerno requesting immediate resupply and within a short time Logistics Task Force 524 had a CH-47 Chinook slingloaded with 8000 pounds of ammunition on its way to Lwara. When the Chinook arrived the situation had calmed down but the need for ammunition was still urgent as soldiers at Lwara had used almost everything they had in that earlier engagement.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited soldiers at FOB Tillman on January 16, 2007 and got a firsthand report from commanders and soldiers on life on the ground and what conditions American and Afghan soldiers face. Gate's thanked the soldiers for all they were doing and was impressed by the close working relationship of the Americans and Afghans stationed there and the work they were doing in the surrounding area.

Tillman like many other FOB's in Afghanistan had its share of amenities, the buildings are mostly concrete unlike the mud and brick buildings that are more commonplace in Afghanistan. There were also hot showers available and some washing machines. There's a recreation room with big screen T.V., internet access, two computers and drop lines for laptops. Two hot meals are served each day usually breakfast and dinner with soldiers usually eating MRE's for lunch.There's also a fitness center with benches, free weights, exercise machines and treadmill.

As of October 2008 with Tillman being so close to the Pakistani border the base frequently falls victim to rocket or mortar attacks fired from the tribal areas of Pakistan. Another consistent problem has been the Pakistani Frontier Corps, allegations from U.S. troops are that the Frontier Corps observe and don't report Taliban activity in their area and worse sometimes help Taliban transit into Afghanistan.



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