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U.S. Calls in Air Strikes After Fatal Afghan Ambush

U.S. forces called in air strikes against suspected Taliban positions on Friday after two U.S. soldiers and at least five militants were killed in a clash in central Afghanistan, the U.S. military said. The fighting in Uruzgan province, south of the capital Kabul, occurred amid a stepped up hunt by U.S. forces for Taliban and al Qaeda militants, including Osama bin Laden. U.S. and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers came under fire on Thursday while on patrol in a village in Uruzgan’s Tarin Kot district, U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Bryan Hilferty told a news briefing. The soldiers returned fire, killing at least five attackers. Two U.S. soldiers were wounded, one of whom was evacuated to Germany for treatment, he said. Hilferty said the U.S. soldiers were from the 10th Mountain Division, but did not identify them. Full Story

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