Taliban Kill 5 in Suicide Blast at US-Afghan Base
Hit sparks 2-hour gunbattle in Jalalabad
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2012 6:12 AM CST
Bodies of Afghan civilians, killed during an attack by Taliban suicide bombers on a joint US-Afghan air base, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nasrullah Khan)

(Newser) – Taliban suicide bombers attacked a joint US-Afghan air base in eastern Afghanistan early today, detonating explosives at the gate and sparking a gunbattle that lasted at least two hours with American helicopters firing down at militants before the attackers were defeated. The attackers and at least five Afghans were killed, officials said. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility. It was the largest clash at the Jalalabad air base since February, when a suicide car bombing at the gate killed nine Afghans.

Two vehicles packed with explosives barreled toward the base's main gate around 6am local time. The first vehicle blew up at the gate, said a provincial police spokesman. Guards started shooting at the second vehicle before it too exploded, he added. Two Afghan students were caught up in the attack and killed, as were three other Afghans working at the base. Nine attackers took part in the assault in total, three of whom were killed in the suicide blasts and another six gunmen who died in the ensuing fighting that lasted a few hours. "The final assessment of what happened this morning is not yet complete, but initial reports indicate there were three suicide bombers," said a military coalition spokesman.

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Dec 3, 2012 3:22 AM CST
I have a few questions for the Talibs. I wonder, do they ever have moments of clarity and think, "hmmmm, killing my own people was definitely not in the Quran..am i possibly the problem and not really the solution?!" I just can not rationalize at how killing others when its called a "suicide" makes sense. Wouldn't it just be their death to constitute for suicide, otherwise its a suicide/homicide. Damn talibaners, they jus' aint know what they're doin'! Seriously though, once every single foreign troop has pulled out of Afghanistan completely, im really thinking Afghanistan might need some more back up from the psycho Talibs!
Dec 2, 2012 10:31 PM CST
What the difference between Taliban & mafia, drug dealers, cartel ,dirty business people that deals in crime Let all find a way to stop drug flow into United States to many drug dealers in Hawaii hate loosing island to dr8ugs
Dec 2, 2012 6:32 PM CST
so the tallywackers are at it again. fubo get us out now and let the savages kill themselves!