US-led coalition forces and Afghan troops clashed with militants in southern Afghanistan overnight, leaving more than 50 suspected Taliban dead, the coalition said Thursday.
The 12-hour-long battle that ended early Thursday targeted 16 compounds from where militants had been attacking the troops in Helmand province and included airstrikes, said the coalition in a statement.
"Coalition air support dropped two bombs on the compounds with the greatest concentration of insurgents," the statement said. "Both compounds produced significant secondary explosions immediately suggesting a large quantity of explosive material was present in each."
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