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Rockets Hit Afghan Airport

Kabul, 15 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Afghan officials say about a dozen rockets were fired at the main U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, but no one was hurt.

A spokesman for the provincial governor said the rockets smashed into fields last night near Khost airport, about 150 kilometers south of Kabul. Khost province and neighboring Paktika are the focus of U.S. military operations against Al-Qaeda fighters believed to slip back and forth across the nearby Pakistani border.

Pakistani troops mounted an unsuccessful sweep against suspected Al-Qaeda militants on the other side of the frontier last week.