Afghan officials say at least 29 suspected Taleban insurgents have been killed in clashes with NATO and Afghan forces in two southern provinces.
Authorities in Zabul province say 18 Taleban rebels and one Afghan soldier were killed Wednesday when a group of Taleban attacked an army post.
In a separate incident in neighboring Kandahar province, NATO forces killed 11 Taleban militants who NATO says were planning an ambush.
Separately, a Canadian soldier who was wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack Tuesday in Kandahar city died from his wounds. Three other NATO soldiers were wounded.
NATO officials say its troops killed one Afghan civilian and wounded another hours after the suicide bombing. Troops fired on the two civilians riding a motorcycle then they did not heed calls to stop.
And, Afghan officials say two roadside bombs planted by suspected Taleban militants, also in Kandahar, killed three civilians and wounded one.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.