| GEO World|
| 20 dead as US, Afghans battle suicide bombers|
| Updated at: 0842 PST, Wednesday, May 13, 2009|
KABUL: Eleven Taliban suicide bombers struck government buildings in a bold, daylong assault in eastern Afghanistan, sparking running gun battles with U.S. and Afghan forces that killed 20 people and wounded three Americans, officials said.
Troops freed 20 hostages taken by insurgents. The battle in Khost, a border city that houses a major American base, came as the U.S. made leadership changes that demonstrate a clear break from Bush-era appointees, with President Barack Obama taking charge of an increasingly bloody eight-year war that the Pentagon once believed had been won.