The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a deadly suicide car bomb attack near the US embassy in Kabul. Two US soldiers and 14 local residents were killed when a small American convoy was targeted. Observers say it is the worst suicide attack in the Afghan capital since the US ousted the Taliban in 2001.
Earlier on Friday, four Italian soldiers were wounded in a bombing in Farah and a man died trying to set off a device in Kandahar. Meanwhile, in Warsaw, NATO defence chiefs are reported to have agreed to do more to meet their commitments in Afghanistan. Military commanders have complained that nations contributing to a peacekeeping force have only supplied about 85 percent of soldiers and equipment promised. They have asked for a further 2,500 troops on top of the 18,500 already on the ground.