At least 18 people, including a U.S. soldier, were killed Wednesday when Taliban insurgents attacked a joint NATO-Afghan military base in Afghanistan. More than 60 people were injured in the attack, including 24 women and schoolchildren and 10 Polish soldiers.
Taliban insurgents also ambushed an Afghan police convoy on Wednesday. Fifteen police officers were killed in the attack and ten were injured.
Additionally, in Helmand province, four Afghan civilians were killed and fifteen were injured Wednesday when a suicide car bomber attacked a coalition convoy.
In a seperate attack in Hemland Province, a suicide bomber rammed a car into an Afghan army base, killing three soldiers and wounding four.
Additionally, six Afghan truck drivers were killed and 10 others were wounded overnight in a Taliban rocket attack that targeted trucks supplying fuel to NATO forces. Roughly 40 trucks were destroyed in the attack. Coalition forces rely heavily on these civilian truck drivers to transport the fuel.
Taliban attacks in Afghanistan continue to increase as U.S. and coalition forces continue to withdraw from the country, thereby facilitating the Obama Afghan exit strategy. U.S. and coalition forces have already transferred security for the country to the Afghan forces.