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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-07 02:49 AM
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Up to 10 Taliban die in air raids
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KABUL, Afghanistan - New air strikes in a volatile southern Afghan region killed up to 10 Taliban fighters near where villagers say about 40 civilians died in a battle earlier this week, and the U.S.-led coalition said yesterday that local Afghans feared more Taliban attacks.
Taliban fighters ambushed a patrol of coalition and Afghan forces near Sangin in Helmand province Thursday evening, and gunfire and air strikes killed 10 militants, said Eizatullah Khan, the Sangin district chief.

A coalition spokesman, Sgt. First Class Dean Welch, put the toll at six Taliban killed. Two villagers from Sangin said they knew of no civilian casualties in the fight.

Air strikes called in by U.S. forces fighting 200 Taliban north of Sangin on Tuesday killed 21 civilians, an Afghan government official said. Villagers said nearly 40 civilians were killed.

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Coalition and Afghan forces battle Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan
(CNN) -- Coalition forces killed one Taliban militant and detained two others after a gunbattle at a compound in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province early Saturday, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement.

The battle erupted as the forces advanced on a compound that "credible intelligence" linked to Taliban activity.

Troops were fired on by members inside the compound and returned fire, killing one. The other militants "surrendered and were not harmed," the statement said..

In a separate operation, coalition and Afghan National Police killed "a number of enemy fighters" in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement Saturday.

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