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Taliban Claims Responsibility for US Base Attack

Afghan police stand guard near burning NATO supply trucks following an attack by militants on a U.S. base near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Sept. 2, 2013.
Afghan police stand guard near burning NATO supply trucks following an attack by militants on a U.S. base near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Sept. 2, 2013.
Ayaz Gul
Authorities in eastern Afghanistan said Taliban insurgents on Monday launched an “unsuccessful” assault against a U.S. military base near the border with Pakistan. 

NATO and Afghan officials say a group of heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers staged the coordinated attack on the American base in eastern Nangarhar province.

Provincial governor spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the assault began when militants set off bombs and set fire to military vehicles in the parking lot at the U.S. outpost.

Three suicide bombers opened fire on foreign forces guarding the facility, according to Abdulzai. The encounter lasted nearly three hours and the spokesman said NATO helicopters also joined the fight.

NATO officials said none of its personnel were killed in the attack. Local authorities also reported no military or civilian casualties. 
  • Smoke rises from NATO supply trucks following an attack by militants in Torkham, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2013.
  • Afghan border police and firefighters arrive at the scene of an attack by militants on a U.S. base in Torkham, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2013.
  • An Afghan police officer stands guard near burning NATO supply trucks following an attack by militants in Torkham, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2013.
  • U.S. forces patrol near the scene of an attack by militants on a U.S. base in Torkham, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2013.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the assault, located along a key highway for NATO trucks carrying supplies from the Pakistani port in Karachi to international forces in landlocked Afghanistan. The highway was temporarily closed.

A surge of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan has killed more than 100 people in the past week.

NATO plans to terminate its Afghan military mission by the end of next year and international troops are gradually reducing their presence in the country to meet the deadline.

Afghan authorities insist the NATO withdrawal is not a cause of concern because the country's 350,000 member newly trained national force is capable of managing the security responsibilities past 2014.

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by: Zeeshan Khan from: Karachi
September 03, 2013 6:49 AM
Its never ending issue, Afghan Forces is not capable enough to protect their country against Taliban, as they are lack of resources and funds. There is only resolution that is table talk and peace dialogues with real Taliban leaderships
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by: Talha Ahmed from: Karachi
September 08, 2013 5:05 AM
Right. Afghan forces and police are not even capable of handling security of a small village, let alone Kabul that regularly comes under Taliban attacks. I suspect the Taliban and other insurgent groups will first strike a deal with Karzai after US pullout and then will gradually march toward Kabul in a bid to topple struggling Afghan government.

by: MrSatyre from: USA
September 02, 2013 10:05 PM
"Taliban Claims Responsibility for US Base Attack"

Really? I thought maybe it was...oh, I don't know...anybody else. C'mon. Why are we giving these guys the time of day? Who else is going to claim responsibility? The IRA? Can you imagine how bewildered the Taliban would be if we simply said "Some trucks blew up." and left it at that? And please, don't respond with the notion that that would enrage them and make them more violent. It's a terrorist group we're talking about; famous for kidnappings and beheadings.

by: Mota1961 from: Stafford, VA
September 02, 2013 3:48 PM
I think we should pull out by December 2013 vice 2014. They will never be totally ready to take over and we have spent too many lives and funds for a never ending issue. Bring our Military folks home.

by: Lucina Maestro from: Chicago, Il. 60613
September 02, 2013 1:53 PM
I know I sound like an old record but if the Afghan army is ready to assume the security of their own country why are our soldiers still there? pull them out equipment munitions and the all 10 yards of equipment and let them handle their own security stop spending our tax money and our soldiers in a place that by their own words they are ready to defend and protect their country my only concern is the women and young girls that remain in that country but may god protect them and again bring our troops back home.

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