Seven Taliban Fighters Killed in Assault at Kabul Airport

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Officials say the seven Taliban fighters who launched an assault on NATO's operational headquarters today at the military section of the airport in Afghanistan's capital were killed.

The attackers were armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. The gunfire and explosions could be heard in many parts of Kabul.

The attack was a reminder that despite the heavy security around the capital, Afghanistan's insurgency is still able to carry out attacks.

The Taliban have been looking to test Afghan security forces as foreign combat troops pull back. The attacks are aimed at demoralizing the Afghan people, and creating mistrust in the ability of the Afghan security forces to protect their citizens.

But Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government won't be deterred. Referring to next spring's voting to elect a new head of state, he said the attacks "cannot change the chosen path of the Afghan people toward progress, development, peace and elections."

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