A reader from Oregon sent this info yesterday about some heroic Afghans:
...Elements of Oregon's National Guard are deployed at Camp Phoenix where a local on again, off again civilian translator often mans the main gate armed only with a lead pipe. Sometimes he's paid, more often, he's a volunteer. Oregon Guardsmen have named him "Rambo the Afghan".
Rumor is, he today spotted a car approaching the front gate that did not appear to be local. Armed only with his pipe, he pulled the driver from the car (later determined to be a rolling IED).
When the car was towed, it detonated with no loss of life and only minor injuries.
Well, it's not just a rumor. JD sends the links to this story along with strong support for giving these guys a medal...this story is from CNN online. Anyone see it broadcasted or on another network?
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Two civilians thwarted an attempted terrorist attack Tuesday when a vehicle loaded with explosives attempted to crash through the front gate of a U.S. base in the Afghan capital, according to the U.S. military.
The two men, an interpreter and a security guard, dragged the apparent suicide bomber from the vehicle before he could detonate explosives, said Col. Tom Collins, the chief spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
"I think it's a pretty amazing and heroic event," Collins said.
He said that at about 9 a.m. Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET Monday) a driver crashed his vehicle into Camp Phoenix, the base where the Afghan National Army and police are trained. The driver reached for what appeared to be a cord to detonate a bomb, he said.
"Amazingly, a couple of Afghans who just happened to be on the scene there realized what was happening," Collins said.
"Anyone's inclination would have been to run away but these guys are genuine heroes," Collins said.
The area was immediately cordoned off while authorities waited for a bomb disposal team.
During the attempt to disarm it, the device went off. It's unclear how much or what kind of explosive material was used, Collins said. No U.S. or coalition troops were injured.