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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Ahmad Zia Abdulzai
Officials say a Taliban attack on a joint NATO-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan has killed one NATO soldier.
Militants in Afghanistan on Wednesday attacked a facility used by the International Committee of the Red Cross, first sending a suicide bomber to blast open the gates and then storming in troops, guns blazing.
An Afghan policeman opened fire on NATO forces and Afghan soldiers Monday in the fifth attack reported in a week by Afghan security forces on their international partners. The U.S.-led military coalition says none of its service members were killed.
Afghan and NATO troops on Sunday killed at least 13 Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan after an overnight gunbattle ended with an airstrike on the building where the insurgents were holed up, Afghan and coalition officials said.
Hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed killed four civilians, clashed on Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city. Twelve people died in the fighting, government officials said.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff began a state visit to China on Tuesday at the head of a push by Latin America's biggest economy for more favorable economic ties with its biggest trading partner.
Two bombings Tuesday killed a local legislator and a school principal, the latest of a series of attacks as the top U.S. commander was trying to persuade Congress that NATO is making progress against insurgents.
Spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai in Nangarhar province says the attack took place on Saturday morning when a suicide bomber struck outside the base in the province's Ghani Khail district.
Abdulzai says Afghan and NATO troops returned fire, killing the attackers.