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At Least 35 Militants, Six Police Killed In Afghanistan


(RFE/RL) August 7, 2007 -- Fresh clashes in Afghanistan have left 35 Taliban fighters and six policemen dead.


U.S.-led coalition forces killed more than 20 militants when they repelled a rare frontal attack on a U.S. military base.


A coalition statement said that Afghan National Army units and coalition forces beat back the morning attack on U.S. Firebase Anaconda, in the southern Oruzgan Province.


It said that as 75 fighters attacked the base, air support was called in. Four civilians, including two girls aged under 12, were also injured when they were hit by rocket-propelled grenades fired by the militants.


Separately, Afghan police said that insurgents attacked a police patrol in the southern Kandahar Province, sparking a battle that left six police and 15 militants dead.


(AFP)


Afghan-Pakistani Border
EYE OF A STORM: Afghan officials first suggested that insurgents or terrorists were crossing the border from Pakistan in 2003. Relations have run hot and cold ever since. But the roots of the problem go back much further.


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