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UPDATED: 08:04, May 24, 2007
NATO air strike kills Taliban leaders at meeting in Afghanistan
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An air strike of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed some Taliban leaders at a meeting in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, an ISAF statement said Wednesday.

A precision ISAF air strike struck the scene of a gathering of enemy planners in Helmand, a stronghold of Taliban militants, on Tuesday, the statement said, adding there were no civilians.

"This strike is another in a recent series of successful strikes that we think have put the Taliban leadership into a state of operational confusion," said Maj. John Thomas, an ISAF spokesman.

The statement did not mention how many Taliban leaders were killed, and how senior they were ranking.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces captured five militants in Qalat district of Zabul province in southern Afghanistan early Wednesday, a coalition statement said.

"The forces acted on credible intelligence that led them to the location suspected of housing local Taliban militants," it said.

About 37,000 ISAF and 13,000 coalition soldiers are being deployed in Afghanistan to hunt down militants and facilitate reconstruction.

Due to rising Taliban-linked insurgency, over 1,600 persons, most of whom were Taliban insurgents, have been killed in Afghanistan this year.

Source: Xinhua

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