Taliban attack NATO supplies in Afghan east, destroy dozens of trucks

KABUL Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:42pm EDT

1 of 2. NATO troops walk near burning NATO supply trucks after, what police officials say, was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan in Nangarhar Province June 19, 2014. .

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KABUL (Reuters) - Four Taliban militants struck a NATO post in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Thursday, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with polices, Afghan officials said.

The attack took place in the parking compound of a NATO base near the Torkham crossing on the Pakistani border, near the Khyber Pass and a main supply route for NATO-led forces in land-locked Afghanistan.

Militants on both sides of the border have for years been attacking supplies bound for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said one attacker blew himself up while police killed the other three.

He said 37 trucks containing fuel and other supplies were destroyed in explosions set off by the attackers.

One Afghan driver was injured, a witness told Reuters.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed that the militants, fighting to expel foreign forces and bring down the U.S.-backed Kabul government, were behind the attack.

Afghanistan's Taliban have sustained a high level of violence even though most foreign troops are due to pull out of the country this year leaving Afghan security forces to face the insurgents on their own.

Taliban fighters killed scores of people in attacks on Saturday on a second-round, run-off presidential election.

Afghanistan's allies hope the election can usher in a strong, stable government but accusations of cheating have raised fears of a deadlock between the two rival candidates, both of whom support a security pact with the United States.

The Taliban dismissed the vote as a U.S. ploy.

(Reporting by Rafiq Sherzad in Nangarhar and Abdulaziz Ibrahim in Kabul; Writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Comments (2)
WestFlorida wrote:
The Taliban need to cash in on those last shipments to loot before NATO leaves and there are no more fat targets to steal from.

Jun 19, 2014 8:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:
For 12.5 years, we send supplies halfway around the world, unload them at Karachi, drive them 850 miles through Taliban country to the Afghan border, and give the Taliban ad hoc fireworks displays when they use RPGs, machine guns, and explosives to set US supplies on fire. Our idiot in chief has decided to entertain the Taliban at US expense for 2 more years until the end of 2016.

The worst part is that Russia, China, and 4 central Asian lands in a military, political, and economic alliance, the SCO, agreed to watch Afghanistan after the US and NATO leave. They have conducted joint police and military exercises to prepare. We have SIX SUCKERS who are willing to take this debacle off of our hands, and the worthless moron in the White House wants to continue on this curse. They have shorter supply lines than we do because they live in the area. They may not be as “polite” as the US and NATO, but they may be more effective because they can’t afford to fail. They can’t withdraw to north America and hide behind oceanic moats if they lose.

Jun 19, 2014 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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