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September 24, 2006 -- NATO forces have killed more than 60 suspected insurgents over the last several days in southern Afghanistan.
Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said 40 Taliban fighters were killed mainly by NATO air strikes in Helmand Province.
A NATO helicopter, meanwhile, fired on about 20 insurgents who had attacked a NATO patrol in the Naw Zad district, also in Helmand, killing 15 of the suspected insurgents.
In a third incident, eight suspected insurgents were killed in nearby Sangin district.
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.
Listen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):Real Audio Windows Media
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