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Archive for Monday, September 4, 2006

NATO rolls out Operation Medusa

September 4, 2006

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— NATO and Afghan forces targeted possible Taliban insurgents with air strikes and artillery this weekend, killing more than 200 suspected Taliban guerrillas.

NATO also suffered casualties. Four NATO-led International Security Assistance Force troops died and seven were wounded in the fighting in Panjwayi district, about 10 miles from the southern city of Kandahar.

The attack in southern Afghanistan was called Operation Medusa. NATO spokesman Maj. Scott Lundy said NATO and Afghan troops had gained ground and disrupted the militants' command and control so their fighters were moving in a confused way.

About 80 other suspected Taliban were arrested by Afghan police and a further 180 fled the area, NATO said.

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