Daily Brief: Suicide bombers attack U.S. base in Afghanistan

Surprising setback

Four militants attacked the headquarters of the joint U.S.-Afghan run Provincial Reconstruction Team in the eastern Afghan province of Panjshir on Saturday, marking the first suicide attack the normally peaceful province has seen in the ten-decade war (AP,CNN,Post,LAT,BBC,Reuters,AFP). Three attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at a security tower while the fourth detonated a bomb in his vehicle, killing two Afghan civilians and leaving at least two injured; all four attackers were killed. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, came after 30 people were reported killed across Afghanistan on Friday, including three NATO service members (AP). Afghan police on Sunday shot dead three would-be suicide bombers targeting the offices of the mayor in Paktia Province, but the explosives-laden car was detonated and killed one worker (AFP). A suicide bomber targeted the convoy of an Afghan provincial intelligence chief today on his way to Maimanah, the capital of Fa