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American support troops stationed at Kandahar Airfield - one of the largest coalition logistics bases in Afghanistan and the hub of the American-led expansion of the war effort in the Afghan south - take up positions guarding buildings and civilian workers in the base's interior after an attack by Taliban fighters aimed at breaching the airfield's security perimeter on Saturday May 23, 2010. The attack, which was comprised of a series of rocket strikes and an unsuccessful assault using small arms fire and a suicide bomber, reportedly left five Americans wounded and was the second such raid on a major Western base in the last week.
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