KABUL, Afghanistan — Four U.S. troops and two Afghan soldiers were killed, and six Americans were wounded Saturday during clashes with Taliban militants, officials said.
The fighting was reported to be some of the heaviest in recent months and came as war-battered Afghanistan celebrated its independence day.
Three U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded during a clash with Taliban militants in the eastern province of Kunar near the border with Pakistan, said U.S. military spokesman Col. Tom Collins.
American troops in that area are hunting for Taliban fighters, as well as Al Qaeda supporters.
In the southern province of Oruzgan, a U.S. serviceman and two Afghan counterparts were killed and three other Americans hurt during a four-hour clash with more than 100 insurgents, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said in a statement.