Ongoing offensive kills 15 Taliban militants in S. Afghanistan

09:03, December 07, 2009      

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Afghan army backed by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) eliminated 15 Taliban militants since launching operation in southern Afghan province of Helmand, spokesman for the local administration said on Sunday.

"During the joint operation launched Friday, so far 15 Taliban militants have been killed in Nawzad district," Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.

He also stressed that there were no casualty on the troops.

The joint forces also detained seven Taliban fighters during the operation over the past three days, he further said.

Meanwhile, Taliban purported spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi in talks with media via cell phone from undisclosed location claimed that the outfit's fighters have blown up three tanks of foreign troops and killed over a dozen soldiers, a claim rejected by Ahmadi as groundless.

The operation, dubbed "Cobra's Anger", began Friday morning in Nawzad district with the involvement of some 1,000 U.S. Marines and 150 Afghan soldiers to disrupt Taliban supply routines and communication lines in the former Taliban stronghold.

Source: Xinhua
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