Taliban Claims Responsibility for Blast

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a military base in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday that killed one Afghan and eight Americans working for the CIA. It was the worst loss of life for the U.S. in Afghanistan since October. A spokesman for the Taliban said in a statement that an Afghan National Army member wore an explosive vest, and detonated himself inside base's gym. In a separate incident, a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed four Canadian soldiers and a reporter from the Calgary Herald—the first Canadian journalist to die in the country—and the most Canadians killed in a single incident in 2009.