US-led convoy attacked in Afghanistan

A convoy of US-led forces was attacked in eastern Afghanistan on July 13, 2013. (file photo)

A convoy of US-led forces has come under attack in the eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, but there are no immediate reports of deaths from the incident.

The convoy hit an improvised explosive device on Saturday evening.

According to Afghan security officials, at least one tank was destroyed in the explosion.

The Western military alliance in Afghanistan has made no comment on the incident yet.

US military helicopters were hovering above the scene of the explosion to transfer the injured to hospital, witnesses said.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Improvised explosive devices, including roadside bombs, are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against the foreign forces occupying Afghanistan.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against the foreign forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on them. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to tighten security in major cities across the country, including the capital Kabul.

The increasing number of casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger against the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war, which began in 2001.

The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 100,000 US-led troops.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV