Gunmen Attack Kabul Airport

    Officials investigate near the site of the car bomb attack at the north of Kabul International Airport in Kabul July 17, 2014. Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked the airport on Thursday in one of the most audacious assaults on the facility, used by both civilians and the military, in a year. The attack lasted about four hours after four unidentified militants armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades opened fire on the airport from the roof of the building just to its north. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT) - RTR3Z07G

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    While rockets are fired at the main airport in Kabul nearly every week, rarely do militants hit the airport serving civilians and NATO-led forces in an all-out assault. On Thursday, militants with rocket-propelled grenades carried out a frontal attack on the facility, occupying partially constructed buildings, and managing to close down the airport before four of them were killed by special forces. According to a senior Afghan Taliban commander, a large number of Pakistani Taliban have crossed the border to “deploy rapidly in massive numbers all over Afghanistan.” With those numbers, the Taliban claims they can easily hit Kabul and other cities.

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