Jihadist in custody 311.
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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
Kandahar Air Field is the launching pad for thousands of additional US
forces pouring into the summer surge against the Taliban.