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US Says 9 Militants Killed in Afghanistan

The U.S. military said nine suspected militants have been killed in separate operations in southern and central Afghanistan.

It said U.S.-led coalition forces killed two militants and captured six others in a clash Thursday in the southern province of Helmand.

Separately, the military said seven militants were killed during an airstrike that followed a gunbattle in the central province of Ghazni Wednesday. It also said a Taliban commander was detained.

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered 21,000 additional troops to reinforce the 38,000 U.S. troops already in Afghanistan, where the Taliban-led insurgency is spreading.

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