- The Washington Times - Monday, September 2, 2013

Taliban militants on Monday attacked a U.S. military base in Afghanistan that’s located near the Pakistan border, setting off bombs and torching vehicles.

Three were killed — all Taliban members, The New York Times reported.

This is just the latest in a string of militant-inspired attacked on U.S. and Afghan troops in recent weeks, as international forces prepare to exit the nation. Full withdrawal is set to occur by the end of 2014.

The attack started about 6:30 a.m. and lasted nearly four hours, said a deputy police chief in Nangarhar province, in The Times report. Militants wearing suicide vests carried out the attack, which led to the return fire of U.S. and Afghan military members and the brief deployment of a NATO helicopter.

NATO confirmed Monday’s attack and called it an “unsuccessful coordinated attack by enemy forces,” The Times reported. NATO said none of its troops were killed, but the alliance did not specify if any were injured.

Meanwhile, an administrator for the Mohmandara district, where the attack occurred, said no security forces or villagers were injured or killed.