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August 26, 2006 -- The U.S. military says coalition forces have killed a local Taliban commander and 15 other militants in a gun battle in southern Afghanistan.
A statement said the fighting took place on August 25 in the central
Khod Valley of Oruzgan Province, and the slain commander was a "known
It did not reveal the commander's name.
Separately, two French soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition in
Afghanistan have been killed in an ambush in the east of the country.
Two other French soldiers were injured in the attack on August 25 in
In the southern Zabul Province, Afghan police fought with suspected
Taliban militants on August 25, killing six and wounding 12 others.
(compiled from agency reports)
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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