NATO kills more than 20 Taliban in Afghan clashes
The operation against the Taliban is led by Canadian forces attached to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 03:39 IST
NATO troops killed more than 20 Taliban in airstrikes and artillery barrages on Friday in southern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the alliance said.
Lt. Col. Nick Grant-Thorold said 20 to 30 militants were killed in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district during an anti-Taliban operation called Operation Medusa.
The latest deaths take the toll of insurgents killed according to NATO to at least 290 since the operation began Sept. 2.
The operation is being led by Canadian forces attached to NATO's International Security Assistance Force. At least five Canadian soldiers have been killed since the campaign begun.
"There is aggressive patrolling by ISAF troops in the (Panjwayi) area and they are carrying out missions of their own choice and there is no deadline for when the operation will end," Grant-Thorold said.
Another NATO spokesman, Maj. Scott Lundy, said hundreds of Taliban insurgents are believed holed up in and around Panjwayi, west of Kandahar city.