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Afghanistan: 43 Taliban insurgents killed in Helmand airstrikes

Taliban fighters train with their weapons in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan July 14, 2009. Around 4,000 U.S. Marines and hundreds of NATO and Afghan forces are taking part in an offensive in various parts of Helmand province against the Taliban, the biggest by foreign troops since they ousted the Islamist group in 2001. The operation comes ahead of next month's presidential election, which is crucial both for Kabul and for a U.S. administration that has identified Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan as its top foreign policy priority. REUTERS/Stringer (AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS ELECTIONS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Kabul [Afghanistan]: 43 Taliban insurgents were killed and 20 others were wounded in airstrikes and ground forces operations on Sunday night in Afghanistan.

The operations were launched with the help of foreign troops in three areas of Nawa district of southern Helmand province.

“Haji Ahmad, Faizi and Haqbeen, three Taliban commanders were also among the dead,” the TOLO News quoted a statement from the provincial governor’s office, also adding that “Zhar Sahed and Aynak area of Nawa has been cleared of Taliban.”

The Taliban, however, has rejected the claim of insurgents being killed in the airstrikes. (ANI)