20 Taliban die in attack on S. Afghanistan base

A group of 75 Taliban militants tried to overrun a US-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a rare frontal attack that left more than 20 militants dead, the coalition said in a statement. A joint Afghan-US force used mortars and machine guns to repel the attack on Camp Anaconda in Uruzgan province, the statement said. "Almost two dozen insurgents were confirmed killed in the attack," the statement said. Two girls and two Afghan soldiers were also wounded during the attack, it said.