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Afghan Base Attack Kills 8 Militants   11/22 13:00

   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says that one soldier and 
eight insurgents have been killed in an attack on an army base in the country's 
volatile east.

   Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the assault 
Saturday in Afghanistan's remote Nuristan province along the country's 
mountainous border with Pakistan lasted almost three hours. He says a large 
number of insurgents tried to overrun the base, but were turned back.

   Meanwhile in eastern Nangarhar province, police spokesman Hazrat Hussain 
Mashreqiwal said a car bomb killed one civilian and wounded two in Jalalabad, 
the provincial capital.

   Insurgent attacks against both Afghan security forces and civilians have 
escalated across the country ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops by 
the end of the year.


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