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US Military Reports More Than 100 Militant Deaths in Afghan Battle


The U.S.-led coalition says more than 100 suspected Taleban militants were killed during a battle involving air strikes in southern Afghanistan Tuesday.

At least four coalition soldiers were wounded in the fighting, including one Afghan.

A coalition statement says a joint force of U.S. and Afghan troops was ambushed by Taleban insurgents in Kandahar district. The statement says military aircraft were later called in and assisted in destroying several rebel positions.

Also Tuesday, three NATO soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body near a group of troops in eastern Afghanistan.

A NATO statement says six other soldiers were wounded in the blast.

The soldiers were working on a project at a bridge construction site at the time of the attack. NATO did not identify the nationalities of the victims.

About 50,000 NATO and U.S.-led coalition troops are battling a resurgent Taleban movement and helping with reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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