Deadly attacks on NATO military bases in Khost

Years of experience on different battlefields, familiarity with the terrain and popular support enable Taliban to wage attacks against US and coalition troops in a never-ending fashion.
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Taliban says 18 US Servicemen have been killed following a deadly attack on US  controlled base chapman in Southern Khost province, last night.

A surge in Taliban countermeasure against US and coalition troops in Afghanistan reached its peak last night when about 30 Taliban fighters attacked base Chapman – the site of earlier attacks – in southeastern Khost Province. 

Reliable sources say up to 18 US servicemen killed since the beginning of overnight attack that is still ongoing.  
A similar operation on base Chapman in December inflicted heavy losses on US forces when 7 private security personnel were killed and scores wounded. The base serves as a strategic crossing point for US-led operation in southeastern Afghanistan near Pakistani border and close to Taliban controlled areas of Kandahar Province.  
Taliban have stepped up attacks on US-led troops since Obama announced his surge strategy aimed at defeating resistance in Afghanistan. However, years of experience on different battlefields, familiarity with the terrain and popular support enable Taliban to wage attacks against US and other troops in a never-ending fashion.
According to a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, some 30 fighters including suicide bombers and others armed with rockets and machine guns had attacked the base. So far – despite official claims of almost 2000 – over 4500 US and coalition troops have been killed since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan began in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. 
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