US: 43 militants killed in southern Afghanistan
The Associated Press
By: FISNIK ABRASHI
KABUL, Afghanistan_U.S. and Afghan troops clashed and called airstrikes
on a group of insurgents in southern Afghanistan, killing 43 militants,
the U.S. military said Tuesday.
The militants ambushed the U.S.-Afghan force with sniper fire and
rocket-propelled grenades in Qalat district of Zabul province Sunday, a
statement from the U.S. military said.
The joint force fought back and called in airstrikes that killed the
militants, it said.
A civilian, working as a contractor for the U.S. military, was wounded
in the operation. There were no casualties among Afghan and U.S. troops.
Southern Afghanistan is the center of the Taliban-led insurgency. More
than 4,700 people _ mostly militants _ have died so far this year in
An unprecedented number of U.S. troops _ about 32,000 _ are in
Afghanistan today, and the Pentagon plans to send several thousand more
forces in the coming months. At least 131 U.S. troops have died in
Afghanistan this year, as have 100 troops from other NATO nations.
Some of those U.S. and NATO troops work alongside Afghan army and
police, mentoring and training the fledgling forces, as they take on the
Taliban and other militants in daily battles across the country.