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US Army kills senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan
www.chinaview.cn 2006-04-10 15:53:47

    KABUL, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Afghan and U.S. troops in their joint operations targeted and killed two Taliban movement's commanders including a senior one in the volatile Helmand province late last week, spokesman of the U.S.-led coalition forces said Monday.

    "On April 7 a joint coalition force killed a senior Taliban commander in the Musa Qala district," James Yonts told journalists at a press briefing here.

    However he declined to identify the diseased commander, saying," at this point I am not able to give you the name because of security reasons."

    He also added that disclosing the name would jeopardize the ongoing operations in the area, but did not elaborate what kind of operation is continuing.

    A Taliban's junior commander was also killed in other operations conducted in the neighboring Sangin district of Helmand province on April 8, Yonts added.

    Helmand in the vicinity of Kandahar, which is famous for poppy cultivation, has been considered as a safe heaven of Taliban-linked militants and drug barons in the mountainous southern region where hundreds of insurgents are said to have holed up.

    Taliban-linked insurgency is on rise as the militants' sponsored suicide attacks have left four persons dead and injured 26 others since Saturday. Enditem

Editor: Chen Feng
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