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U.S. forces in Afghanistan (file photo) 11 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military says six suspected Taliban fighters were killed, and three U.S. soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were wounded in southeastern Afghanistan late on 9 August.

A military statement released today says the incident started when an Afghan and U.S. patrol made contact with "enemy forces" near the town of Wazikwa in Paktika Province.

The statement says U.S. troops killed one of the fighters as the enemy fled toward a nearby cave complex, and the enemy injured three U.S. troops and their interpreter.

Later that day, the Afghan-U.S. patrol came into contact with additional enemy forces and killed five more fighters in the area.

On 10 August, the U.S. military reported the fifth U.S. soldier to be killed in Afghanistan in seven days.

Afghan and U.S. officials say Taliban-led insurgents are trying to sabotage Afghan parliamentary elections scheduled for 18 September.

(dpa/AFP)
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