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Battle claims 60 members of Taliban

September 26, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A daylong battle near a Taliban-controlled town in Afghanistan's Helmand province killed more than 60 Taliban fighters and one soldier from the U.S.-led coalition, American military officials said. The soldier was not immediately identified.

Several dozen insurgents attacked a joint coalition-Afghan patrol near Musa Qala with machine guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement.

The coalition returned artillery fire and called in fighter aircraft. The coalition said there were no immediate reports of civilian deaths or injuries.

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