19 insurgents killed in Afghanistan, defense ministry says

Seven insurgents were killed in a military operation near where militants this week breached a US outpost in eastern Afghanistan, the Afghan Defense Ministry said Tuesday. Separately, Afghan troops killed 12 insurgents west of the capital, Kabul, the ministry said in a statement. The Taliban-led rebellion appears to be intensifying despite the largest presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion that ousted the hard-line regime in 2001. More than 2,500 people - mostly militants - have reportedly died in insurgency-related violence this year, according to an Associated Press tally of figures from Afghan and Western officials.