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2 British Soldiers, Interpreter and 12 Insurgents Killed in Afghanistan


U.S.-led coalition forces have bombed suspected Taleban positions in southern Afghanistan after two British soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were killed in an attack by insurgents.

Four coalition troops were also wounded in the battle Saturday night on a base in the Sangin district of Helmand province.

Provincial officials say Afghan forces killed 12 Taleban fighters in the same district Saturday. It is not clear if the rebels were involved in the attack on the British base.

Britain has more than 3000 troops in southern Afghanistan taking part in a U.S.-led offensive (dubbed Operation Mountain Thrust) against Taleban insurgents.

It is the largest anti-Taleban offensive in Afghanistan since the Taleban regime was ousted from power in 2001. More than 10,000 coalition and Afghan troops are taking part in the offensive that began in May.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.