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50 Insurgents Killed in Eastern Afghanistan


NATO says Afghan and coalition forces have killed more than 50 insurgents during a military operation in eastern Afghanistan.

The coalition said Friday the fighting occurred in Paktika province's Sar Rawza district during the clearance of a Haqqani network encampment. The network is affiliated with al-Qaida and the Taliban.

NATO said the site was an area where insurgents moved foreign fighters into the country to help carry out attacks across Afghanistan.

Paktika province borders Pakistan's northwest. Both al-Qaida and Taliban-linked militants are active in the region, on both sides of the border.

The coalition says the Haqqani network has been involved in several high profile attacks, including last month's assault on the Inter-Continental hotel in Kabul.

NATO says disenfranchised insurgents had notified them of the camp's location. Officials said no civilians were harmed in the raid.

Some information for this report was provided by AP

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