60 Taliban, 1 US-led coalition soldier killed in Afghan clash

September 26, 2007 03:00


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A daylong battle near a Taliban-controlled town in southern Afghanistan's poppy-growing belt killed more than 60 Taliban fighters and one soldier from the US-led coalition, military officials said. Several dozen insurgents attacked a joint coalition-Afghan patrol Tuesday near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province with machine guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, the US-led coalition said in a statement. Taliban reinforcements flowed in from Musa Qala all day, it said. The coalition returned artillery fire and called in fighter aircraft, killing more than 60 of the Taliban fighters, the coalition said. One coalition soldier was killed and four were wounded. The coalition said there were no immediate reports of civilian deaths or injuries.

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