Afghan, coalition forces kill 20 Taliban militants

Afghan and coalition forces raided a Taliban meeting in southern Afghanistan, killing 20 militants in heavy fighting, an Afghan military official said Wednesday. US-led soldiers and Afghan troops received information that the insurgents had gathered near Musa Qala, a remote town in the mountainous southern Helmand province, late Tuesday and surrounded the area, local Afghan army commander Gen. Rahmatullah Roufi said. During heavy fighting, 20 insurgents were killed and one Afghan soldier was wounded, Roufi said. No coalition soldiers were hurt. Military officials recovered all 20 Taliban bodies, along with 22 AK-47s, seven rocket-propelled grenades and three heavy machine guns.