Airport Bombed in Afghanistan

Rahmat Gul / AP Photo

Afghan soldiers are on alert at the scene of a suicide attack at the gate of an airport in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.

A strike by a suicide car bomber against a military airport in Afghanistan left at least nine people dead Monday. It’s the latest violence in a turbulent week following the revelation that copies of the Quran were burned at the country’s largest NATO base. At least 12 people were wounded in the attack on the airport, which did no damage to the airport itself, according to a NATO spokeswoman. Anger among Afghans over the burning of Islam’s most holy book have provoked apologies from President Obama and other American leaders, but the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan has said that changing attitudes in the country should not accelerate the American timetable for withdrawal.