Taliban attack major NATO base in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban insurgents raided one of the biggest NATO bases in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Taliban attack major NATO base in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban insurgents raided one of the biggest NATO bases in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Insurgents set off a car bomb and fired rocket propelled grenades at the base in a brazen daylight attack.

The assault came just days before US General David Petraeus is due to take up his post as NATO commander in Afghanistan.

Several Insurgents were killed during the strike on the Jalalabad air base in eastern Afghanistan, and two troops were injured, according to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

"The airfield's perimeter was not breached and several insurgent were killed during the attack," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

A Taliban spokesman said six suicide commandos were involved in the attack, which he said killed more than 20 foreign and Afghan forces.

Independent verification of either side's claims is often impossible.

Jalalabad is one of NATO's largest bases in Afghanistan, after Kandahar in the south and Bagram, north of Kabul, which have both been attacked by insurgents in recent months.

A total of 100 NATO troops occupying Afghanistan have been killed in June, making it the deadliest month for the alliance since the US-led invasion in 2001.

Wednesday's attack also coincided with a visit by US Attorney General Eric Holder in the occupied country.

The United States and NATO have a combined 140,000 troops in Afghanistan, set to peak at 150,000 by August under McChrystal's "surge" strategy.

Last month the Taliban threatened a new nationwide campaign of attacks, targeting diplomats, Afghan parliamentarians and foreign contractors, as well as foreign forces.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2010, 13:32

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