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The Taliban have launched an early morning attack on the joint US military base and city airport in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least two Afghan civilians and three Afghan soldiers, officials said Sunday.

Two of the insurgents suicide-bombed the main gate of the base – also the entrance to Jalalabad airport – by blowing up their explosive-laden vehicles at around 5:45am local time. This paved the way for seven other armed insurgents to start an hours-long battle with the Afghan and foreign troops stationed there, according to provincial deputy security officer Abdul Jalil Shamal.

The Afghan government has welcomed talks between Pakistan security chiefs and the US special envoys next week in Brussels, urging its neighbor to be honest in any commitments it makes.

"This is a good move and we hope that Pakistan will be honest in implementing its commitments," Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said Sunday.

An Isaf soldier has been killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan today, Isaf said in a statement Sunday.

No details of the attack location or the nationality of the solider were disclosed, as per Isaf practice to refer identification to national authorities.

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