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Coalition Forces Battle Taleban Militants in Southern Afghanistan

Coalition officials in Afghanistan say more than 40 Taleban fighters have been killed in separate gunbattles across the country's south.

A statement released Saturday said coalition troops launched a pre-dawn attack on the insurgent stronghold of Sangin in Helmand province, killing 10 Taleban fighters.

Deadly gunbattles have also been reported in Uruzgan and Zabul provinces over the past few days.

Meanwhile, officials said Saturday that two foreign men who were killed in Uruzgan province on Friday were suspected suicide bombers disguised as women. The two were clad in the all-covering burqas worn by women in Afghanistan.

The U.S.-led coalition has launched a major offensive against Taleban insurgents in eastern and southern Afghanistan. More than 10,000 coalition and Afghan troops are taking part in the operation that began in May.

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