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Insurgent attacks hit Afghan security forces

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban militants carried out three attacks against Afghan security forces on Wednesday, targeting a police station, a border patrol and an army checkpoint in strikes that left 12 people dead, officials said.

Meanwhile, NATO said insurgents killed two coalition service members in separate incidents in the country's north and south.

In the deadliest attack against Afghan forces, Taliban militants assaulted a police station in Nad Ali district of Helmand province early Wednesday. The fighting killed four insurgents and two civilians, said Helmand province spokesman Daud Ahmadi.

Also in Helmand, a roadside bomb struck a border police car, killing three officers and wounding five, said Ali Jan, the provincial head of the border police.

In eastern Khost province, insurgents using small arms attacked an army checkpoint, and then a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into it, the provincial commander said. Besides the suicide attacker, two soldiers were killed and six were wounded, said Gen. Raz Mohammed Oryakhail.

In separate incidents, NATO said insurgents killed one service member Wednesday in northern Afghanistan, while a roadside bomb killed another in the south. The statement did not provide details of the attacks or the slain service members' nationality.

$511M project to expand embassy

The U.S. government will spend $511 million to expand its embassy in Kabul, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said Wednesday, describing the work as a demonstration of America's long-term commitment to Afghanistan. His remarks come amid Afghan concerns that the proposal to begin drawing down U.S. forces by July 2011 could leave Afghanistan alone to fight the Taliban insurgency. The project started earlier this year and currently employs about 500 Afghans. Once construction gets under way, more than 1,500 Afghan workers will be employed, Eikenberry said.

Missile strikes kill 13: American drones launched three missile strikes against suspected militant targets in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 13 people, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The missiles struck hours apart in the North Waziristan tribal region, which is home to Afghan militant groups launching attacks on U.S. forces and its NATO allies across the border as well as al-Qaida terrorists and Pakistani insurgents.

$511M project to expand embassy

The U.S. government will spend $511 million to expand its embassy in Kabul, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said Wednesday, describing the work as a demonstration of America's commitment to Afghanistan. His remarks came amid Afghan concerns that the proposal to begin drawing down U.S. forces by July could leave Afghanistan alone to fight the Taliban insurgency. The project started this year and currently employs about 500 Afghans. Eventually, more than 1,500 Afghan workers will be employed, Eikenberry said.

Missile strikes kill 13: American drones launched three missile strikes against suspected militant targets in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 13 people, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The missiles struck in the North Waziristan tribal region, home to Afghan militants attacking U.S. forces and its NATO allies across the border as well as al-Qaida terrorists and Pakistani insurgents.

Insurgent attacks hit Afghan security forces 11/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:13pm]

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