Syr­ian troops re­gain ground

Tal­iban claim as­sault on base in Afghanistan

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An ex­plo­sion at a US air­field in Afghanistan early yes­ter­day killed four peo­ple, the head of in­ter­na­tional forces in the coun­try said.

US Army Gen­eral John Nicholson said an­other 14 peo­ple were wounded in the at­tack in­side Ba­gram Air Field.

He said the blast was caused by an “ex­plo­sive de­vice”, with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails. The in­ci­dent was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, he said in a state­ment.

An ear­lier state­ment from NATO’s Res­o­lute Sup­port mis­sion said the blast hap­pened around 5.30am and that “force pro­tec­tion and med­i­cal teams are re­spond­ing to the sit­u­a­tion”.

The Tal­iban claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, which they said was car­ried out by a sui­cide bomber in­side the base.

Zabi­hul­lah Mu­jahid, a spokesman for the in­sur­gent group, said the at­tack had been planned for four months.

The Tal­iban reg­u­larly fire rock­ets at Ba­gram from out­side its perime­ter.

Abdul Wahid Sediqqi, spokesman for the gover­nor of Par­wan prov­ince, where the air­field is based, said he had re­ports of four dead and about 18 wounded in the at­tack.

Labour­ers em­ployed at the base line up at the gates around dawn, he said, adding that an at­tacker could have been among the men en­ter­ing the base yes­ter­day.

There was no im­me­di­ate word on the na­tion­al­i­ties of those killed and wounded. It is NATO pol­icy not to re­lease such de­tails un­til fam­i­lies have been in­formed.

On Thurs­day, Ger­many’s con­sulate in north­ern Afghanistan was at­tacked when a sui­cide car bomber rammed the com­pound, killing six peo­ple and wound­ing more than 120.

The car ex­ploded at the gate of the con­sulate in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, de­stroy­ing the gate and wall about 11.10pm.

The United Na­tions’s as­sis­tance mis­sion in Afghanistan said: “Most of the in­jured suf­fered mi­nor wounds from bro­ken glass while those with se­ri­ous in­juries re­main hos­pi­talised.” Syr­ian govern­ment forces re­gained con­trol yes­ter­day of ar­eas they lost over the past two weeks to a rebel of­fen­sive on the edge of the north­ern city of Aleppo, end­ing a ma­jor at­tempt by in­sur­gents to break the siege on eastern parts of the city. The in­sur­gents had seized a cou­ple of strate­gic ar­eas in west­ern Aleppo af­ter launch­ing an of­fen­sive on Oc­to­ber 28 in a bid to break the siege on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which has also been tar­geted by waves of Syr­ian and Rus­sian airstrikes.

ON ALERT: Afghanistan's Na­tional Army guard the main road to Ba­gram Air­field

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