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U.S. Military Says Over 40 Afghan Insurgents Killed

A checkpoint in southern Kandahar (file) (epa) September 6, 2007 -- The U.S. military says more than 40 insurgents have been killed in a battle with Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces. 

The military said insurgents ambushed a coalition patrol September 5 in Kandahar Province's Shah Wali Kot district, sparking a 12-hour battle.

The U.S.-led military says coalition forces have killed hundreds of Taliban in a series of confrontations in recent weeks.

The Taliban has said its losses are much smaller.


The Afghan Insurgency

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.


Listen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):
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