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British Troops Withdraw From Southern Afghan District

NATO officials say British troops are pulling out of a troubled district in southern Afghanistan after reaching an agreement with local elders and Afghan officials.

NATO said Tuesday, that the withdrawal from the Musa Qala district of Helmand province was made at the demand of tribal leaders, and that the Taleban had no part in the agreement.

The move was made on the same day that NATO officials said coalition warplanes killed a mid-level Taleban commander and up to 15 other militants in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan.

A NATO statement said aircraft bombed an insurgent compound in the southern province of Uruzgan. NATO did not identify the Taleban commander.

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