Afghan Taliban claim they killed four US troops

Bagram Air Base

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File photo of Bagram Air Base on January 21, 2012. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)


by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 8:36 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four U.S. troops just hours after the insurgent group announced it would hold talks with the Americans on finding a political solution to ending the nearly 12-year war.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Wednesday that the militants fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base late on Tuesday.

American officials confirmed the base had come under attack by indirect fire — likely a mortar or rocket — and that four U.S. troops were killed.

The attack underscores the challenges ahead after the Taliban and the U.S. announced they would hold talks in Qatar to try and negotiate a solution to the violence. President Barack Obama has cautioned this would be neither quick nor easy.

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