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Clashes leave 42 suspected insurgents dead in S Afghanistan
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21:07, September 03, 2008

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Fighting with militants in Afghanistan's southern troubled region left more than 40 suspected Taliban fighters dead and 10 foreign soldiers wounded, officials said Wednesday.

These battles on Tuesday took place in the provinces of Helamnd, Zabul and Uruzgan commonly known as the heartland of Taliban, local officials added.

"Afghan troops with the support of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) pounded Taliban positions in Nawbahar district of Zabul province from air and ground yesterday, killing 22 rebels including seven Arab nationals," Fazal Bari, the district chief of Nawbahar, told Xinhua.

In similar development also on Tuesday, Afghan troops with the support of NATO's air power targeted Taliban hideout in Nadali district of Helmand province, killing 10 insurgents, provincial police chief Mohammad Hussain Andiwal said.

In both of the battles, there were no casualties on Afghan and NATO forces, the officials stressed.

Clashes with militants in Charchino and Khas Urusgan districts of the Uruzgan province on Tuesday, according to Police Chief of Uruzgan Juma Gul Humat, claimed the lives of 10 Taliban fighters and wounded 10 Australian soldiers.

No officials from NATO-led ISAF forces were available to make comment on the claim.Taliban insurgents fighting Afghan and international forces based in Afghanistan have not made comment sofar.

Afghanistan has witnessed the surge of Taliban attacks on international forces, Afghan troops and even foreign aid groups during past months when the anti-government militants continue to demonstrate their strength through suicide and roadside bombings.

Escalating insurgency and violent incidents have left over 3,200 people dead with over 800 civilians since January this year in the war-torn country.


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