Afghanistan: 7 suspected Taliban die in clashes

US-led coalition and Afghan troops clashed with suspected Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan, leaving seven militants dead, an official said Thursday. Afghanistan's surging violence also left three Canadian soldiers and 21 suspected Taliban militants dead Wednesday, while NATO dismissed recent suicide and bomb attacks as "militarily insignificant." Coalition and Afghan troops launched their operation against "an important group of enemies" in Paktika province late Wednesday, said Mohammad Ekram Akhpelwak, the province's governor.