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10 June 2004 -- The U.S. military says troops have killed more than 20 militants in the past day of fighting in southern Afghanistan.
Army Master Sergeant Cindy Beam said another eight insurgents were captured in the U.S.-led operations yesterday.
An Afghan military commander in Kandahar Province, Khan Mohammad, said that around 70 militants have been killed since U.S.-led forces started their operations in Uruzgan Province and neighboring Zabul Province last week.
The fighting comes as Pakistani paramilitary troops are continuing to clash with fighters hiding near the Afghan border. Pakistani officials said some 20 suspected foreign militants were killed in the tribal region yesterday. Some militants taking refuge there are believed to have links to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.