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Taliban attack US base in Afghanistan

Press TV [1]
May 10, 2011

Taliban militants say they have launched a missile attack on the biggest US-led military base in the troubled western Afghanistan.

According to a Taliban spokesman, the militants shelled a military airport in Shindand town in Herat Province, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the attack has inflicted heavy casualties and damage on foreign troops.

Taliban also claim that they have inflicted heavy casualties on Afghan troops.

The Taliban spokesman also claimed that an official with Afghanistan transportation ministry has been killed in the attack.

However, Afghan military and government officials are yet to confirm the incident.

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This comes after armed Taliban militants targeted several government buildings and instillations in Afghan city of Kandahar. More than two dozen people were killed in the assaults.

Meanwhile, militant attacks and bomb explosions have also killed at least three US-led soldiers in the ongoing war in the country’s troubled south over the past 24 hours.

So far this year nearly 170 foreign soldiers, most of them American, have been killed in Afghanistan.

The renewed violence comes days after Taliban militants warned of a fresh wave of attacks against foreign troops, Afghan security forces and government officials.

The surge in violence comes despite the presence of some 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan.