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Taliban attack key US base in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and around the Afghan capital in as many days has killed a U.S. contractor and wounded nine service members.

The pre-dawn assault today against the giant U.S.-run Bagram Air Field near Kabul also killed at least 10 insurgents. A U.S. military statement says Taliban suicide bombers attempted to breach the base's defenses while others fired rockets and grenades inside.

A U.S. spokesman says the attack started around 3 a.m. local time, and that blasts and gunfire only subsided around midday.

No insurgents managed to get into the base, and none were able to detonate their suicide vests.

The Bagram attack came a day after a suicide bomber struck a U.S. convoy in Kabul, killing 18 people including five American troops and a Canadian.


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