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US-led attack kills 76 in Afghanistan
by reposts
Monday May 22nd, 2006 6:41 AM
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.

by ALJ
Monday May 22nd, 2006 6:42 AM
More than 50 Taliban rebels and at least 16 civilians were killed during an overnight coalition bombing raid on a village in southern Afghanistan.

The US-led coalition said it had attacked insurgents in the air raid in Kandahar province, and a provincial governor said some of the militants had hidden in residents' houses.

Major Scott Lundy, a coalition spokesman told AFP: "I can confirm there was a coalition air strike against a known Taliban stronghold near the village of Azizi in the Panjwayi district, and we believe more than 50 Taliban have been killed in the operation."

"These individuals were active members of the Taliban network and have conducted attacks against coalition and Afghan forces as well as civilians," a coalition statement said.

The coalition was looking into reports of civilian casualties, Lundy added.