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11 Suspected Taleban Fighters Killed in Afghanistan - 2003-09-18

Afghan and U.S. forces say 11 suspected Taleban fighters have been killed over the past three days, as the coalition continues its current offensive in southern Afghanistan.

A U.S. military spokesman says the deaths occurred during clashes in the mountains of Zabul and Kandahar provinces.

Afghan government troops and local militias, along with U.S. forces, have been assaulting anti-coalition positions in the region as part of a three-week-old campaign called "Operation Mountain Viper."

The latest fighting follows a night-time clash on Sunday, which killed another 15 insurgents, believed to be forces loyal to the ousted hardline Taleban regime.

The southern offensive has now left more than 100 suspected Taleban dead. The U.S. military says the main goal of the operation is to reduce the influence of the insurgents on Afghanistan's post-war reconstruction.