‘Several US troops killed in Afghanistan’

Photo shows US-led soldiers in Afghanistan.

Taliban militants say they have killed several US soldiers in an attack against their base in Afghanistan™s southern Helmand Province, Press TV reports.

Reports by Afghan officials say a car bomb explosion went off at the main gate of a US-led military base, on Wednesday.

Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they have killed a number of US-led troops.

However, Afghan officials have reported three police casualties. They also said at least four civilians were injured in the attack.

This comes a day after the Afghan Interior Ministry said security forces had killed more than 20 Taliban militants in Kunduz, Badakhshan, Jawzjan, Kandahar, and Urzgan, Wardak, and the Helmand Provinces.

Washington and Kabul are negotiating a security deal which would allow US forces to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, the withdrawal deadline.

The two sides are at odds over US demands for the right to conduct unilateral military operations and how the US would pledge to protect Afghanistan.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual offensive against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing they would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

The announcement has prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.

The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of the so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

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Copyright: Press TV