Nato 'kills 80 Taliban fighters'

Nato has said its troops have killed up to 80 Taliban fighters in a battle in southern Afghanistan.

Nato 'kills 80 Taliban fighters'

A reconnaissance patrol hunting Taliban forces engaged with a large group of fighters approximately 15km from the village of Musa Qala in Helmand Province, a Nato spokesman said on Monday.

NoNato casualties were reported after a four-hour fight supported by helicopters, but three soldiers from Nato's International Security Assistance Force were wounded during an earlier clash.

Fighting in Afghanistan this year is the worst since US-led forces fought the Taliban government in 2001.
 
About 4,000 people have been killed, a quarter of whom were civilians.

 

The worst fighting has been in the south and east of Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.

 

The area is also a centre for illegal opium poppy growing which accounts for 90 per cent of world output.

 

Nato confirmed on Sunday that a civilian helicopter, with a crew of eight, chartered to ferry supplies had crashed in Kandahar province.

 

The interior ministry said some of those on board had died, but Nato said its ground forces had not reached the wreckage and it did not know the fate of the crew.

 

The helicopter was owned by US security and logistics firm DynCorp International.

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