Saturday, June 28, 2008

Afghan, U.S. Troops Kill 32 Taliban In Clashes

Guns Over Afghanistan: The shadow of repression stalks the beleaguered
country, especially from within. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

From Reuters:

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops killed 32 Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, including some who dressed as women in an attempt to escape, the U.S. military said on Saturday.

The Taliban opened fire with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades on a patrol of Afghan security forces and coalition troops in Uruzgan province on Thursday, the U.S. military said in a statement.

The patrol returned fire then moved to higher ground and called in air strikes, killing three militants.

Militants soon attacked the patrol again, the statement said, and 29 more insurgents were killed.

"During this engagement, insurgents attempted to disguise themselves in women's clothing in order to escape," it said.

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News On Afghanistan From Other Sources:
US-led coalition: 32 militants killed in southern Afghanistan amid intensifying struggle -- International Herald Tribune
Taliban set to increase Afghanistan attacks: Pentagon -- ABC Online
U.S. Sounds Afghan Alarm -- Wall Street Journal
Pakistan fails to pressure Taliban on Afghan border: Gates -- AFP
Pentagon: Taliban 'resilient' in Afghanistan -- CNN
Gates Calls for Better Security on Pakistan-Afghanistan Border, Welcomes Pakistani Initiative -- Voice Of America
British soldier killed in Afghanistan takes death toll to 109 -- The Telegraph
Taliban chief who killed Cpl Sarah is taken out by laser-guided missiles -- Daily Mail
US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 461 -- AP

My Comment: This war has the potential to be as bloody and as costly as the Iraq war .... but the U.S. media have put so little attention on a conflict that is now many times "worse" than what is happening in Iraq.

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