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US-led Coalition: 'Several' Rebels Killed During Fighting in Southern Afghanistan

U.S.-led coalition forces clashed Sunday with Taleban militants in the country's southern Helmand province.

Military officials say at least 10 insurgents were killed when coalition air strikes hit militant positions during an early morning operation in the Garmser district.

Coalition and Afghan forces have been fighting Taleban insurgents since 2001, when a U.S.-led invasion drove the Islamic group from power.

Militant attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan have escalated over the past 19 months, marking the bloodiest period since the beginning of the war.

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