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Afghans say over 60 Taliban dead in fierce fighting

American warplanes pounded a suspected Taliban safe haven in southern Afghanistan in an assault that left about 60 insurgents and five policeman dead and five U.S. soldiers wounded, officials said Wednesday. Two American CH-47 helicopters were damaged during 11 hours of fighting Tuesday at a rebel ”safe haven,” a U.S. military statement said. One made an emergency landing before it was repaired, while the other managed to fly back to a nearby coalition base. U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara said about 40 rebels had been killed, but Gen. Salim Khan, commander of about 400 Afghan policemen who also took part in the fighting, said his men had recovered the bodies of 60 suspected insurgents. Full Story

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