Afghanistan clashes, bombing leave at least 23 Taliban dead

Afghan and foreign troops called in air strikes as they battled militants in a series of clashes that left at least 23 insurgents dead and 20 others wounded, officials said Tuesday. The clashes happened in eastern and southern Afghanistan, where Taliban and other militant groups are waging an insurgency against government and foreign forces. The joint forces clashed with militants in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province on Monday, leaving six Taliban fighters dead and eight others wounded, said Zia Wali, a spokesman for the provincial governor. There were no casualties among the Afghan and foreign forces, Wali said.