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U.S. Military Kills 22 Militants In Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) -- U.S.-led coalition forces have killed 22 militants, including two Taliban commanders, during a series of operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

The raids, which involved air support, took place on January 19 in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

One operation targeted a Taliban network in Kapisa Province, to the northeast of Kabul. Troops killed 18 insurgents and a commander, who was involved in a series of attacks against Afghan and foreign forces, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Coalition troops detained eight suspected militants during the operation, it said.

In two separate raids, one Taliban commander was killed in southern Kandahar Province and two more insurgents were killed in neighboring Zabul Province, the U.S. military said.

The military did not say whether there were any casualties among the foreign troops.

The Taliban said the Islamist group suffered no losses in the operation in Kapisa, adding 15 nomads including women and children were killed.

Reuters was unable to verify either of the versions.

Removed from power in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001, the Taliban have made a comeback since 2005, escalating their campaign in recent months with several high-profile attacks, including in Kabul.

Separately, a remote-controlled bomb on a bicycle killed two police officers and an Afghan civilian in the southern city of Kandahar on January 20, a provincial official said.