Military News Dec 2: Joint US-Afghan Base Under Attack; Drone Attack

By: AP
By: AP

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- UPDATED...A spokesman for Afghanistan's defense ministry says no militants penetrated a joint U.S.-Afghan air base in the eastern part of the country during a two-hour battle.
The attack began when suicide bombers blew up a car at the gate. American helicopters fired down at militants before the attackers were defeated. The NATO military coalition also described it as a failed attack.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility.
NATO says one member of the Afghan security forces was killed and several foreign troops were wounded.

(earlier report follows)
Afghan officials say joint US-Afghan base has been attacked in eastern Afghanistan.
Blasts sounded inside the military airfield at the edge of Jalalabad city early Sunday morning. Afghan officials briefed on the situation say helicopters were firing down into the base at what appeared to be militant gunmen inside. The officials spoke anonymously because fighting was still going on and details were unclear.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an email to reporters.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed three militants in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border.
Senior government official Shahid Ali says two drone-fired missiles hit a vehicle Saturday near the Sheen Warsak area of South Waziristan, killing a Yemeni militant and two others.
The attack was second this week in the same area. On Thursday, a missile strike on a house killed three alleged militants. Two intelligence officials say another Yemeni was killed in that strike.
The intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters.
Pakistan's tribal regions are considered key hideouts for Taliban and al-Qaida fighters.

LONDON (AP) -- The Pentagon's top lawyer says the war on terror is not an endless conflict and the U.S. is approaching a "tipping point" after which the military fight against al-Qaida will be replaced by a law enforcement operation.
Jeh Johnson told an audience at Oxford University that the core of al-Qaida is "degraded, disorganized and on the run," according to a transcript of Friday's speech.
Johnson, general counsel to the U.S. Defense Department, says that once most al-Qaida members are captured or killed, armed conflict will be replaced by "a counterterrorism effort against individuals" led by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
His speech marked rare public comments by a senior U.S. official about the end of the armed conflict launched after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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