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August 23, 2006 -- Twenty-nine suspected Taliban fighters and three civilians have been killed in the latest wave of violence in Afghanistan, according to reports from the region.
Jailani Khan, a deputy district police chief in southern Zabul Province's
Khake Afghan district, said police clashed today with insurgents in southern
Afghanistan, leaving 18 suspected Taliban dead.
Earlier today, NATO spokesman Major Scott Lundy said a NATO air strike had
killed 11 suspected Taliban militants in the Zhari district of southern Kandahar
Province late on August 22.
In separate attacks, two roadside bombs killed three civilians and injured
one in southern Afghanistan.
A NATO soldier also died of wounds sustained in a suicide bombing attack on
a Canadian military convoy in Kandahar city on August 22.
Meanwhile, the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on August 22
that Karzai has accepted an invitation to travel to Washington soon for talks
with U.S. President George W. Bush.
(AP, AFP, dpa)
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.
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