Wednesday May 04, 201107:46 PM GMT
Taliban attack US base near Kabul
Wed May 4, 2011 6:13PM
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US airbase in Bagram in Parwan province in Afghanistan.
The Taliban say they have attacked a heavily-fortified US base near the Afghan capital of Kabul as foreign forces are experiencing their deadliest days in the country.


A Taliban spokesman says the group has fired five rockets at Bagram airbase in Parwan province.

The militants claim a number of foreign soldiers have been killed in the rocket attack and that the US airbase has been severely damaged.

NATO has confirmed the attack but rejected the Taliban's claim on fatalities.

The death toll of the US-led forces in 2010 stood at 711, making the deadliest year for foreign forces in Afghanistan since the Afghanistan invasion began in 2001.

The rising number of foreign casualties has stoked opposition to the Afghan war in NATO member states as well as in other countries that have contributed troops to the mission.

NATO has admitted that the power of militants in Afghanistan is on the rise despite the presence of nearly 150,000 US-led forces in the war-hit country.

JR/MB

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