Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Afghan rebels hit US forces

AFGHAN rebels have staged two spectacular attacks on the US-led occupation forces.

A night-time raid on the US Bagram military base followed a car bomb attack on a NATO military convoy (pictured).

Reports Al Jazeera: "Bagram, which is near Kabul, the capital, is one of the biggest military bases in Afghanistan and mainly holds US troops as well as a detention centre where al-Qaeda-linked fighters and 'terror' suspects are held.

"Wednesday's attack follows the Taliban's announcement that they would launch a spring offensiveagainst the Afghan government and foreign forces in Afghanistan in response to Nato's plans for a military campaign on the group's southern stronghold of Kandahar.

"On Tuesday, a suicide car bomber attacked a Nato-led military convoy during rush hour in Kabul,killing at least 18 people and six foreign troops. Five of the troops were Americans and one was Canadian.

"So far this year, 202 Nato soldiers have died, marking January to mid-May period in the Afghan war the deadliest.

"At least 520 Nato troops died in 2009, the deadliest year so far for US-led foreign troops since the 2001 US-led invasion brought down the Taliban regime.

"Since summer 2009, one or two Nato soldiers have died on average each day."