KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- As U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks today, Afghan insurgents have been carrying out attacks.
Officials say insurgents fired either rockets or mortars at Bagram Air Field outside Kabul late Monday night, destroying a NATO helicopter and killing three Afghan intelligence employees. Later, a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a shop in western Afghanistan, killing five people.
The attacks came as a reminder that the Afghan war launched less than a month after 9/11 continues to rage.
At a ceremony at NATO's Kabul headquarters, Marine Gen John Allen says "there should be no doubt" that the coalition's commitment in Afghanistan "remains strong and unshaken" eleven years after the attacks. The top commander of U.S. and coalition troops remembered "the soldiers and civilians of all nations lost in Afghanistan" since 9/11 and Afghan victims who he says have suffered "horribly at the hands of al-Qaida and the Taliban and other terrorists."