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Afghans, NATO say dozens of Taliban killed
Cat : Afghanistan
Date : 2006-09-25 12:15:16                      Reader : 268

as well as president Karazi criticized NATO and US as they strike suspects without varification, and as a result civilians are targeted exactly as in Iraq.

REUTERS 25/9/2006

Afghans, NATO say dozens of Taliban killed


KABUL (Reuters) - Dozens of Taliban insurgents have been killed in the latest clashes in the Afghan south where foreign and government forces have been engaged in fierce combat in recent weeks.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said 40 insurgents were killed in a battle with Afghan and NATO forces in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday.

"An enemy base was totally destroyed," the ministry said on Sunday of the fighting in the province's Girishk district.

The 20,000-strong NATO-led force said on Sunday 23 insurgents were killed in two clashes in other parts of the province over recent days.

Taliban spokesmen were not immediately available for comment but the insurgents, fighting to oust foreign forces, routinely deny the extent of losses reported by the government and foreign forces.

Independent verification of both sides' reports is usually impossible.

Afghanistan is facing its bloodiest violence since the Taliban government was removed in 2001.

The head of Britain's army told the BBC on Saturday the Taliban were proving to be a more difficult adversary for British troops in Afghanistan than they expected.

More than 130 foreign troops, most of them American, British and Canadian, have been killed in fighting or accidents during operations this year.



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