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Insurgent attack on Kabul Airport thwarted after battle with Afghan forces

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an assault on security forces near Kabul's airport which left at least seven militants dead. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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An Afghan policeman investigates the site where Taliban fighters attacked near Kabul airport on June 10.

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Afghan security officials remove the bodies of suspected Taliban militants from the scene of a gun battle with Taliban militants who had targeted Kabul International Airport on June 10.

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Afghan security personnel investigate the site of an attack in Kabul on June 10.

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An Afghan official inspects the scene of a gun battle between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants after an attack on the Kabul International Airport on June 10.

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

Insurgents attacked Kabul International Airport early Monday and battled Afghan security forces for four hours, officials said.

The assault occurred on the military side of the airport and included large explosions and machine-gun fire.

The airport is used by both civilians and the military. On the military side, the NATO command headquarters runs day-to-day operations in the Afghan war. Most foreign combat troops are to be out of the country by the end of 2014, leaving Afghan forces to cope with insurgents. Read complete story.