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article imageTaliban attack NATO tankers in eastern Afghanistan

By Ken Hanly     Jul 16, 2012 in World
Kabul - Since Pakistan has reopened NATO transit routes through Pakistan, supplies now travel through eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban are operating along these routes and will now target NATO convoys.
There are varying reports as to the number of casualties and tankers destroyed. The local Phjwok news agency claims more than ten tankers were destroyed in the attack. A report from Press TV lists 12 fuel tankers as being attacked. The report claims that one driver was killed and four security guards injured. The tankers were set on fire. Afghan officials have blamed the Taliban for the attacks and in turn the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
A Taliban spokesperson claims that 25 tankers were destroyed Sunday night in Wardak province in another incident . The spokesperson also said that several drivers and security guards were killed. Neither NATO nor ISAF officials have reported anything about the event or events so far (July 16).
One attack took place on Sunday night at the junction of the highways between the Afghan capital Kabul and city of Ghazni. Police complained that drivers of the convoy stop every time the convoy is shot at and run away from their vehicles.
Information on attacks is still incomplete. Press TV reports on just one attack while a Russian website implies there were two different attacks. Since the NATO transit routes through Pakistan have reopened supplies are coming into Afghanistan through the east of the country. The Taliban operate in many parts of Afghanistan near the eastern border. Now that NATO tankers traverse the area they will be prime targets for the insurgents. Likely there will also be attacks on the Afghanistan sections of the routes
In other incidents two troops were reported killed during an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. Three Afghans were also killed when their vehicle hit a buried bomb in Kandahar province. Afghan and NATO troops have been trying keep control of territory they have seized during the last two years but the Taliban hits back imposing a cost on the occupiers. This year so far 237 members of the NATO mission have been killed including 168 U.S. troops.
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