Taliban try to storm NATO airbase

Kandahar airfield is biggest base in southern Afghanistan; attack is part of "Spring offensive".

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 23, 2010 12:36
The Jerusalem Post

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Afghanistan — The Taliban claimed responsibility on Sunday, for a nighttime assault on NATO's biggest base in southern Afghanistan, in which insurgents firing rockets, mortars and automatic weapons tried to storm Kandahar Air Field.

It was the second such attack on a major military installation this week. Several coalition troops and civilian employees were wounded in Saturday night's assault, but there were no reports of deaths, officials said.

It was the third major attack on NATO forces in Afghanistan in six days.

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The attacks follow a Taliban announcement of a spring offensive against NATO forces and Afghan government troops, their response to a promise by the Obama administration, to squeeze the Taliban out of their strongholds in the southern province of Kandahar.

NATO said troops and civilians were told to remain in bunkers as a precaution.

Kandahar Air Field is the launching pad for thousands of additional US forces pouring into the summer surge against the Taliban.

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