Paramilitary soldiers escort a convoy of trucks, carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, before crossing into Afghanistan from the Pakistan border town of Chaman July 16, 2012. Pakistan and the U.S. reached a deal on early this month to reopen land routes that NATO uses to supply troops in Afghanistan, ending a seven-month crisis that damaged ties between the two countries and complicated the U.S.-led Afghan war effort. *******/Saeed Ali Achakzai
The Taliban said they detonated a bomb on a fuel tanker Wednesday and then opened fire on other NATO supply trucks in a morning attack that destroyed 22 vehicles loaded with fuel and other goods for U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Elsewhere in the country, two NATO service members were killed in a roadside bombing Wednesday in the east, while another died Tuesday in an insurgent attack in the south. A NATO helicopter crashed in the west, injuring two other service members. And Afghan officials said nine Afghan soldiers died Tuesday night when militants attacked a checkpoint in in the south.
Violence continues across Afghanistan at a time when its own forces are taking charge of security in more areas as foreign troops continue to withdraw. The U.S.-led coalition is confident that Afghan forces will be ready to take responsibility for the entire nation’s security by the end of 2014 when international combat forces will have gone home or moved into support roles.
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