Friday, December 14, 2012

Eight US-led Troops Killed in Southern Afghanistan

Taliban claim responsibility for killing eight US-led forces in S Afghanistan

Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:28AM GMT

Taliban militants claim they have killed at least eight US-led troopers in an attack on a convoy belonging to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan.

Taliban’s claim comes after a bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle on Thursday at the entrance of the largest US airbase in the southern part of the war-torn country.

Earlier in the day, two civilians were also killed and at least 16 others injured in the attack, according to Afghan officials.

Last week, Taliban militants, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, attacked a NATO base at Jalalabad Airport in eastern Afghanistan.

The attackers killed five people and wounded several foreign troops in the two-hour battle, which also left a total of eight assailants dead.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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