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September 26, 2007

165 "Insurgents" Killed In Afghanistan, Women, Minorities, NYT Editors Hardest Hit

A bad day to be a bad guy.

Two battles killed more than 165 Taliban fighters and a U.S.-led coalition soldier in southern Afghanistan as President Hamid Karzai discussed the escalating violence with President Bush in New York on Wednesday.

One of the clashes began Tuesday when several dozen insurgents attacked a joint coalition-Afghan patrol with machine guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades near the Taliban-controlled town of Musa Qala in Helmand province, with Taliban reinforcements flowing in all day, a coalition statement said.

The coalition said it returned artillery fire and called in fighter aircraft, killing more than 100 of the Taliban fighters. One coalition soldier was killed and four wounded.

The coalition said there were no immediate reports of civilian deaths or injuries.

Give 'em time. Crones displaying pristine bullets just don't find themselves, you know.

Taliban militants overran Musa Qala in February, four months after British troops left the town following a contentious peace agreement that handed over security responsibilities to Afghan elders. Musa Qala has been in control of Taliban fighters ever since.


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In neighboring Uruzgan province, more than 80 Taliban fighters attacked a joint Afghan and coalition patrol from bunkers near the village of Kakrak in a six-hour battle Tuesday night, the coalition said.


Coalition artillery and air support bombarded Taliban positions, killing more than 65 insurgents, it said.


No Afghan or coalition forces were hurt.


The battle took place near an area where more than three dozen insurgents were killed as they prepared an ambush six days ago, the coalition said.



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