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US-led attack kills 76 in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces in
Afghanistan killed more than 60 Taliban fighters and 16 civilians in attacks on their strongholds in the south on Monday, the governor of Kandahar province said.
The ground and air offensive came after several days of some of the heaviest Taliban attacks since they were ousted in 2001 and just as
NATO is preparing to bring thousands of extra troops into the country.
"More than 60 Taliban have been killed and many wounded. Sixteen civilians have also died and 15 are hurt," Governor Khalid Assadullah told a news conference in Kandahar.
The U.S. military said 20 Taliban had been confirmed killed and up to 60 other insurgents were possibly dead in the attack in Kandahar's Panjwai district.