One of the largest NATO bases in Afghanistan has been attacked by the Taliban.
Alliance military leaders say troops repulsed a commando-style raid this morning after a suicide car bomber blew up a gate at an airfield in Jalalabad, near the Pakistani border.
Nato says at least eight insurgents were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. But the Taliban claim they shot dead more than 20 foreign and Afghan troops.
It comes a day after the man expected to take command of Western forces warned the campaign is set to intensify.
“My sense is that the tough fighting will continue. Indeed, it may get more intense in the next few months, as we take away the enemy’s safe havens and reduce the enemy’s freedom of action. The insurgents will fight back,” said General David Petraeus.
June has been the bloodiest month of the near nine-year-old war for foreign troops, with more than 100 soldiers killed.