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NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills 13 Taleban Militants


Afghan officials say a NATO airstrike has killed 13 Taleban militants after the insurgents attacked a government building near the Pakistan border.

Authorities said Saturday the militants attacked the district government headquarters in Alishar in southeastern Khost province late Friday. A gun battle broke out with Afghan police, who called for NATO air support. Five policemen were wounded.

Khost Governor Arsala Jamal says the Taleban militants were killed as they retreated.

On Friday, the governor of southern Ghazni province, Mirajuddin Patan told VOA that 100 Afghan troops drove the Taleban from Giro District a day after the militants had taken control of the area.

Over the past year, a resurgent Taleban movement carried out the highest number of suicide bombings and other attacks in Afghanistan since U.S.-led forces ousted the Taleban government in November 2001.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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