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U.S. Says Aircraft Kill 11 Afghan Taliban

The U.S. military said on Thursday U.S.-led forces had killed 11 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in the past three days, while local officials said a group of rebels was surrounded by troops. U.S. military spokesman Major Ralph Marino told a news briefing that warplanes killed 11 Taliban fighters in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Zabul in the past 72 hours. The aircraft were supporting U.S-led and Afghan ground forces engaged in “Operation Mountain Viper,” he said at the U.S. military headquarters at Bagram just north of Kabul. “There were no reported coalition casualties or damage to equipment,” he said. “Operation Mountain Viper” was launched in August in response to the presence of hundreds of Taliban guerrillas and their allies in Uruzgan and Zabul provinces, and over 100 rebels have been killed, mainly by air attacks by jets and helicopters. Full Story

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