Taliban attacks airfield as U.S. attorney general is in Kabul
By the CNN Wire Staff
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with Afghan officials in Kabul on Wednesday and promised the United States is committed to succeeding in Afghanistan and "breaking the Taliban's momentum."
Holder met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Minister of Justice Habibullah Ghalib, and Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Alako to discuss the ongoing U.S. efforts to foster the rule of law in Afghanistan.
At the same time Holder was in the capital, Taliban insurgents attacked Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan, about 75 miles away.
They hit the entrance of the facility with a car bomb, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, said a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
The airfield's perimeter was not breached and several insurgents died in the attack, NATO said, without providing specific figures. Two joint security force members were injured.
In a text message to CNN, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said six men wearing suicide vests entered the airfield, killing 32 foreigners. CNN could not independently confirm those claims.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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