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Thirty Taliban Reported Killed In Air Strike


U.S. soldiers watch an air assault mission at night in Khost Province earlier this month.

U.S. soldiers watch an air assault mission at night in Khost Province earlier this month.

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - About 30 Taliban insurgents were killed in a NATO-led air strike in eastern Afghanistan after they attacked an Afghan police post, a police official and the alliance said today.

Afghan border police commander Sayed Nabi Mullahkhil said a police checkpoint in eastern Khost Province, which shares a border with Pakistan, was attacked by militants overnight.

The privately owned Tolo TV station said 26 insurgents were killed, including one fighter from Chechnya.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul confirmed an air strike was carried out by foreign troops in Khost late on November 28 after Afghan police called for their assistance.

"Afghan forces came under attack and asked for assistance and we provided it in the form of air support," the spokesman said, declining to give any details of casualties.

General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has identified Khost Province, the power base of insurgents loyal to the Haqqani family, as a battlefront, along with the neighboring provinces of Paktia and Paktika.
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