Militants Launch Bold Attack on Kabul Airport
Taliban fighters seized building to fire at air traffic
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2014 2:03 AM CDT
A US helicopter flies during clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan government forces in Kabul today.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

(Newser) – Gunmen carried out an audacious pre-dawn rocket attack on Kabul International Airport today, temporarily shutting down the facility and setting off a gun battle with security forces in which four attackers were killed, officials say. The militants occupied two buildings which were under construction a few hundred yards north of the facility, and were using them as a base to direct rockets and gunfire toward the airport and international jet fighters flying over Kabul, an Afghan army general says.

Kabul's chief of police later said the attack was halted without any civilian or police casualties. The airport was reopened and operations returned to normal, he said, after security forces inspected the runways for shrapnel and explosives. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack on the airport, which hosts civilian traffic and serves as a base for NATO-led forces. Earlier this week, 89 people were killed in the country's worst bombing since the US-led invasion in 2001.

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Jul 17, 2014 6:32 AM CDT
The banks are winning. There is no way Afghanistan's drug lords could be operating without the megabanks helping them launder billions in heroin money. Taliban power is just a byproduct and the banks don't mind.
Jul 17, 2014 6:26 AM CDT
What people are doing to get cheaper airfares....
Jul 17, 2014 4:41 AM CDT
Everything the military has fought for is now being lost thanks for our incompetent President and the super tanned, alcoholic John Boehner who does nothing but whine.