US 'kills 80 Afghan militants'
The US military says it has killed more than 80 anti-government militants in recent operations in a rebel stronghold of south-east Afghanistan. A spokesman said the casualties were inflicted during an offensive that began three weeks ago in the Daychopan area, some 300km south-west of Kabul. The dead may have been Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters, or Hezb-e Islami militiamen allied to them, he added. The number of dead has not been independently verified. Meanwhile, across the border in Pakistan, Pakistani armed forces are reported to be closing in on suspected al-Qaeda bases. Troops backed by artillery, fighter jets and helicopters are conducting a major offensive in South Waziristan. American forces in Afghanistan are said to be closely following the action, and ready to move against any militants who attempted to flee across the border. Full Story