U.S., Afghan Forces Launch Major Offensive

June 29, 2010 04:48

As many as 150 insurgent fighters have been killed since Sunday in a major offensive involving about 700 U.S. and Afghan troops along eastern Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, a senior military official confirmed to Fox News early Tuesday.

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The U.S.-led operation was one of the largest yet in the region, officials told The Washington Post, who described the assault as “one of the most intense battles of the past year.”

In a statement Sunday, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said more than 600 ISAF and Afghan troops were pursuing Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Kunar and that “a number of insurgents” were killed.

Two American troops were also killed in the battle, according to ISAF.

The offensive was designed to flush out growing numbers of Taliban militants bidding to open up a second front in Kunar, as U.S.-led forces root out insurgents in southern Afghanistan, the Post reported.


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