The United States military said Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces, backed by air strikes, killed more than 30 Taliban fighters in a separate clash in Helmand.
Meanwhile, the United Nations says in a new report that more than half of the suicide bombers used by the Taliban for attacks in Afghanistan are not Afghan nationals.
The report says more than 80 percent of the bombers are recruited and trained in neighboring Pakistan. The report notes a steep increase in suicide attacks in Afghanistan, with 17 attacks recorded in 2005, 123 in 2006, and more than 100 so far this year.
The report was released on today's sixth anniversary of the suicide attack that killed Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massud.
(RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, AFP, AP, Reuters)