Afghan Taliban target U.S. army base as attacks mount

KABUL Mon Sep 2, 2013 2:06pm EDT

Smoke rises from burning NATO supply trucks after a Taliban attack at Torkham district, in Jalalabad province, September 2, 2013. REUTERS/ Stringer

Smoke rises from burning NATO supply trucks after a Taliban attack at Torkham district, in Jalalabad province, September 2, 2013.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters attacked part of a U.S. military outpost in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Monday, officials said, less than a week after targeting a Polish base in a nearby province.

Attacks on Afghan security forces and civilians have also mounted this week killing dozens and adding to fears the drawdown of foreign troops, most of whom are due to leave the country by the end of next year, is allowing insurgents to regain lost territory.

The attack prompted police to shut part of a highway between the provincial capital and Torkham district near the border with Pakistan, a security source said. The base itself was not penetrated.

Three Taliban fighters were killed in the clash, but no others casualties were reported, district governor Isa Khan Zwak said.

(Reporting by Rafiq Sherzad in NANGARHAR, Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati in KABUL; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments (17)
waqaa wrote:
Is anyone having fun in Afghanistan yet? Wait until we leave! How about a nice 6 or 12 sided civil war. We need to leave before the serious killing starts! Such a beautiful land so full of hate and revenge.

Sep 02, 2013 1:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Callah wrote:
..and our President and some of congress want to Attack Syria on Al Qaeda’s side, while we are attacked by the same people in Afghanistan?

Sep 02, 2013 2:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SvenBolin wrote:
Mission accomplished! Lol, another failure.

Sep 02, 2013 4:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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