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Up to 40 Afghan Taliban Said Dead in Major Defeat

Up to 40 Taliban guerrillas and seven Afghan government fighters have been killed in what officials said was the hardline group’s biggest defeat since it was driven from power in late 2001. The battle between Taliban fighters and government forces occurred on Wednesday in the Loi Karez area of southern Afghanistan, about 20 miles northeast of the border town of Spin Boldak, and lasted about seven hours, Syed Fazal Din Agha, a senior government official in Spin Boldak, told Reuters. “We surrounded an entire group of Taliban and killed about 40 of them after heavy fighting,” he said on Thursday. Agha said government troops were sent in after the guerrillas attacked the district commissioners’ office in Loi Karez. Seven government fighters were killed, he said. Khalid Pashtun, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the Taliban fighters were killed when government forces attacked a walled compound where they rested during the day after night-time guerrilla raids. Full Story

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