The clash occurred near the Pakistani border in Paktika Province.
Separately in western Farah Province, suspected Taliban insurgents attacked a group of engineers surveying a dam, triggering a clash in which three militants were killed on March 24.
In the southern province of Helmand on March 24, the Defense Ministry says 11 Taliban were killed during a solely Afghan military operation.
Meanwhile, British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith announced today Britain will give $18 million toward Afghanistan's efforts to put drugs traffickers behind bars.
Goldsmith toured a compound of Afghanistan's criminal justice task force where he met officials involved in prosecuting drug traffickers.
(compiled from agency reports)
The Afghan Insurgency
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.
LISTENListen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):
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