Saturday, May 30, 2009

Afghanistan War News Updates -- May 30, 2009

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks to soldiers deployed to Field Operating Base Ramrod, Afghanistan, during a recent trip to southwest Asia, May 7, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

56 Die In Afghan Violence; Bomb Targets Afghan Gov -- Yahoo News/AP

KABUL – A battle in a militant-controlled region of western Afghanistan killed 30 insurgents and nine Afghan soldiers, while a roadside bomb in the country's north wounded an Afghan governor, officials said Saturday.

Violence elsewhere in the country killed 17 others, part of a spate of attacks that killed 56 people over all.

The battle in Badghis province began Friday and continued into Saturday. Afghan troops supported by international forces killed 30 militants in the Bala Murghab district, a region where the Afghan government has little control. Nine Afghan soldiers died in the battle, and four "disappeared," the Ministry of Defense said. The ministry did not elaborate.

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More News On The Afghan War

34 insurgents killed in eastern Afghanistan -- AP
Four killed, Afghan governor wounded in blasts -- Yahoo News/AFP
Militants Killed, Governor Wounded in Afghan Violence -- Voice of America
6 Afghan Troops, 18 Taliban Killed In Battle -Official -- Wall Street Journal
FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, May 30 -- Reuters
SAS take on Taleban in Afghanistan after defeating al-Qaeda in Iraq -- Times Online
Constant mistaken killings tarnishing future of U.S.-led int'l troops in Afghanistan -- China View
U.S.: Taliban 'very clearly' target of raid -- Washington Times
Petraeus: Video Shows Air Strikes Aimed at Taliban Targets -- U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. seeks pact on joint probes of Afghan deaths -- Stars And Stripes
DEFENCE officials have cleared Australian troops of killing Afghan civilians -- The Australian
NATO moves to counter Taliban propaganda machine --
Author Claims Taliban Funds South Asia Fighting with Poppy Cultivation -- Voice of America
U.S. urges more foreign aid for Afghanistan -- Washington Post
US urges Europe, China to step up Afghan help -- AP
Afghan women fight on -- Philadelphia Inquirer
US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 618 -- AP

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